City & County

Quorum Court to meet Monday in National Guard Armory building

Justices of the Peace will convene Monday, Nov. 8, at 5:30 p.m. at the old National Guard Armory building on Crittenden Street, south of the Clark County Court Complex. The change in venue was announced Friday from County Judge Troy Tucker’s office. A larger crowd is expected to be in attendance as the Quorum Court will recognize band students from both Arkadelphia and Gurdon for their state championship wins.

In new business, county extension agent Amy Simpson will deliver her annual report to the quorum court.

There will be a second reading of a proposed ordinance making June 19, or “Juneteenth,” as a paid county holiday. Justice Albert Neal is sponsoring that ordinance. Neal’s proposal saw some pushback in October’s meeting as justices BJ Johns and Jenna Scott wanted to include Columbus Day as a paid day off for county employees since it, too, is recognized as a federal holiday.

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Justice Darrin “Spud” Buscher is sponsoring an ordinance setting terms to any contracts the county enters or accepts; that ordinance is also on its second reading.

Also on its second reading — and an ordinance that turned October’s meeting into a public forum — is the authorization of the Economic Development Corp. of Clark County to create an account for sales tax collections and to implement policies for the use of that tax.

There is also included an ordinance to amend the 2021 budget.

Finally, justices will consider amending a 2007 ordinance that sets procedures on preparing quorum court agendas.