Chicot County Quorum Court members met Tuesday morning, Oct. 15, and held not only a regular monthly meeting, but also a public hearing for the proposed solar power project.

Following the regular monthly reports from county officials, the business meeting of the quorum court was suspended for the public hearing about the upcoming solar power project.

Michelle Simmons Allgood, an attorney with Mitchell Williams Law, and Matt Johnson, project director with NEXTeraENERGY spoke and answered questions from both the justices of the peace and audience members about the project.

This solar farm is expected to be complete around July 2020 according to Johnson.

After the presentation the JPs went back into regular session to vote on Ordinance No: 2019-05, which would authorize “the issuance of Industrial Development Revenue Bonds under the Municipalities and Counties Industrial Development Revenue Bond law for the purpose of securing and developing Industry; To authorize the sale of the bonds and the approval of a Bond purchase agreement and payment in lieu of taxes agreement in connection therewith; to authorize the execution and delivery of a trust indenture securing the bonds; to authorize and prescribe certain matters pertaining to the project, the acquisition, construction, and equipping thereof, and the financing thereof; to authorize the execution and delivery of a lease agreement relating to the project; and for other purposes.”

The ordinance was approved by the quorum court.

Jimmy Lewis, a representative of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH), was also present to discuss adding Chicot County to the other Purple Heart Counties in Arkansas.

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