On Tuesday, March 2, Izard County Quorum Court was held at 6 p.m. in the second-floor courtroom of the Izard County Courthouse. County Clerk Shelly Downing read the minutes from the February meeting, which were approved through a motion by John David Miller, seconded by Glendon Everett.
There was an ordinance appropriating two grant revenues for use at the Izard County Sheriff’s Office under new business. Sheriff Jack Yancey noted two grants were awarded to the sheriff’s office; one for $282,534 and another in the amount of $50,001. These two grants would be allocated toward opioid prevention and would be geared toward the use of the 16th Judicial Drug Task Force. Yancey noted that part of the funds allowed for him to hire two investigators and a peer recovery specialist, who was certified by the state to help intervene in the recovery of addicts. Yancey noted these grants were paid at 100-percent, and the county wouldn’t be fiscally responsible for providing any of the funding. Through a motion by Miller, and a second by Willie Moser, Ordinance No. 2021-2 was approved unanimously.
There were two resolutions presented to the court to approve grant applications for the Izard County Senior Center brought forward by County Judge Eric Smith. The grant would be for $115,000. It would supply a new Meals on Wheels truck, an air filtration system, a generator for preserving food in the event of an outage, kitchen equipment, sanitation stations, and an air fogger cleaning system. Resolution No. 2021-2 and Resolution No. 2021-3 were both approved through a motion by Everett, with unanimous approval.
Under Ordinance No. 2021-3, it was called to amend Ordinance No. 81-6 to allow the Izard County Collector’s Office to keep change in the amount of $300 at any given time versus the original allotted $100. This ordinance was approved through a motion by Miller, seconded by Walter Hagan.
Under tabled business from February, the EMS contract was brought forward to renew with Vital Link for an additional five years. Miller moved to approve the contract with the same pricing plan and a 90-day clause to remain in effect to terminate the contract if deemed necessary by either party. After a vote, the motion passed unanimously.
With nothing further on the agenda, the court adjourned at 6:30 p.m. The next quorum court meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 6, at 6 p.m.