Two Saline County committees will meet on Monday, June 5, 2023 at 6:30 P.M. in Courtroom #3. The Saline County Courthouse is located at 200 N. Main Street in downtown Benton. The Public Works and Safety Committee members will discuss appointing members to different County Boards, funding for Humane Society and Animal Welfare League. The Finance Commitee will discuss amending the budget, Broadband tax credits, and Library issues.
View the agendas and documents below. Be sure to scroll down to read the minutes of the previous meeting, along with video.
Public Works and Safety:
-Approval of Minutes
-Discussion Item: Appointment to Saline County Board of Equalization
-Discussion Item: Appointment to Saline County Library Board
-Action Item: Approve Previously Appropriated Funds from the Animal Control Fund, to be sent to the Saline County Humane Society and the Hot Springs Village Welfare League
-Approval of Minutes
-Exhibit A: Ordinance Amending 2022 Saline County Budget Ordinance 2022-36
-Discussion Item: Broadband Tax Credit
-Discussion Item: Issues Pertaining to the Saline County Library
-Add On: None
MINUTES – May 1, 2023
- Pat Bisbee, District 1
- Everette Hatcher, District 2
- Carlton Billingsley, District 3
- Barbara Howell, District 4
- Justin Rue, District 5
- Rick Bellinger, District 6
- Josh Curtis, District 7
- Ed Albares, District 8
- J. Engel, District 9
- Jim Whitley, District 10
- Clint Chism, District 11 ABSENT
- R. Walters, District 12
- Keith Keck, District 13
PUBLIC WORKS AND SAFETY COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES
Pat E Bisbee called the meeting to order. Motion made by Carlton Billingsley, second by Barbara Howell to approve the minutes from the Public Works & Safety Committee Meeting held on April 3, 2023.
Exhibit “A”: Resolution in Support of Central Arkansas Planning and Development District Providing Grant Writing Assistance to Hot Springs Village. Motion made by Keith Keck to approve Resolution, second by Barbara Howell. Mr. Keck explained that the Village did not have a true grant writer, and HSV is eligible for certain grants. This gives them access via Saline County to use the grant writers at CAPDD. CJ Engel asked if there was a a cost to use CAPDD and Mr. Keck responded there is not. Vote was unanimous, motion carried
Mr. Bisbee recognized Keith Keck who wanted to give an update about the shooting range request at April’s meeting. Mr. Keck introduced the gentlemen that made that request to the people at the Garland County shooting club that has excess land capacity, so it may actually occur, just over the County line. We may have lost that in our county, but it will possibly happen in Garland County.
Motion to Adjourn made by Jim Whitley, second by Rick Bellinger . Vote was unanimous meeting adjourned
FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING MINUTES
Josh Curtis called the Finance Committee Meeting to Order. Motion to approve the Minutes for the Finance Committee Meeting held on April 3, 2023 made by Barbara Howell, second by Rick Bellinger. Vote was unanimous, motion carried.
Exhibit “B”: Emergency Ordinance Designating Planning Services as Professional Services Motion to approve made by J. R. Walters, second by Jim Whitley. Mr. Curtis explained that this Ordinance was on the Agenda for the last Quorum Court meeting. and a motion was made to re-refer this back to this Committee because of some strong discussion on it and some issues. Mr. Curtis recognized Judge Brumley, who talked about the Ordinance – what it is, what it is not, etc. Requested considering the Ordinance, but remove Article 3, which would send it back to the Planning Board for discussion, and if it comes out of this Committee, it would be read at three Quorum Court meetings. Since this has been going on since 2018 it would be difficult to consider this an emergency. After discussion between the Committee Members Mr. Curtis reiterated if it is the will of the body to accept that recommendation then someone needs to make a motion to amend Article 3, or strike Article 3, and to also strike “Emergency” at the top of the Ordinance. One motion can take care of both the Amendment and Approval. Motion made by Rick Bellinger to do both — strike Emergency and Strike Article 3, Second by CJ Engel. Vote was unanimous, motion carried
Exhibit “C” – Resolution Authorizing VOCA Grant Application for 2023-24- Motion to approve was made by Keith Keck, second by CJ Engel. Vote was unanimous, motion carried
Exhibit “D” “D”- – Resolution Authorizing STOP Grant Application for 2023-24 – Motion to approve made by Pat Bisbee, second by Jim Whitley Vote unanimous, motion carried
Action Item : Request to Increase New Hire to $17.28 Due to Prior Experience and Certifications, Retroactive to Hire Date.
Action Item: Request to Pay Current Part-Time Employee, Accepting full-time Position as GIS Mapping Analyst, $22.30 Due to Experience and Certifications, Retroactive to Hire in Full-Time Position.
Mr. Curtis stated that there were two Action Items that were approved by the H.R.Committee and now need to be approved by the Finance Committee. Needs a Motion to approve both Action Items . Motion to approve both Action Items made by Keith Keck, second by Barbara Howell. Vote was unanimous, motion carried
Comment by Keith Keck – do we have any ordinances on the books that deal with harassment of County Employees. Mr. Gruber said he is unaware of any. Mr. Keck mentioned there were a couple of incidents outside after the last meeting. And he is also aware of some Road Department employees that have taken a lot of grief over some things, is there anything we can do for our employees? Mr. Gruber mentioned state Criminal Statues, but whether these incidents would meet those requirements, not sure.
- Brian Nalley speaking regarding the Saline County River.
- Eugene Jamison -Act 372 – legal liability of County Employees.
- Gary Beck – please use microphones – can’t hear you.
- Angela Gray -Library issue
- Aaron Rasburry-RFQ for Planning Board
- Jimmy Sorrels — Land development and RFQ for Planning Board.
- Allen Schraeder -RFQ for Planning Board
- Robin Bray -RFQ for Planning Board
Jim Whitley announced that his church was having the Eddie James Group in on May 21st. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Motion to adjourn made by J.R. Walters, second by Rick Bellinger. Vote was unanimous, meeting adjourned
[End of May 1 2023 Minutes]
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