County Judge Tom Mosely told the quorum court, during their latest session held on March 21, that the county needed a resolution passed enabling them to contract with Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality and fulfill the financial obligation of closing the landfill.
Mosely said the county had been looking at a $1.7 million price tag to close the landfill, but after working with Deputy Director of SEAEDD Shane Knight and Currency Bank the county was able to find a less costly solution.
Mosely said the county had received a $200,000 line of credit from the bank, and the cost of closure was lowered significantly from the nearly $2 million to $186,000.
The line of credit provided by Currency Bank to the county satisfied ADEQ’s requirements as related to the landfill.
The quorum court passed Resolution 2023-01 in reference to the county entering into a contract with ADEQ regarding the landfill closure.
Mosely also told the justices that he and his employees, along with some inmate workers, have been working hard to get the boat landings cleaned up.
He said he plans to make all of the landings more secure by placing security cameras at the sites; he mentioned a recent catalytic converter theft that happened to some individuals who had used the landings recently to park their vehicles as they were fishing.
Mosely said the areas had become run down and needed attention to be safe and in the best shape possible for the citizens of the county as well as those who travel to the area to fish at Lake Chicot.
Mosely said he performed an audit on the Road Department and found that the county had been paying to insure eight graders, but only owned four.
There were also vehicles that had been purchased by the county but had not yet been insured.
He told the court justices that there was “a lot of stuff that was just looked over,” and that he has another audit planned.
Justice Terri McCullough inquired about recent information she had heard regarding high speed internet in District 9 and around the state.
Mosely told her that Arkansas Broadband Division gave an estimated end date of 2028 for the project, by which time they hope to have 90 percent of the rural areas in Arkansas served with high speed internet service.
McCullough made a motion to ask ABD for a timeline regarding the issue, and the rest of the justices agreed and approved the motion.
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