The Saline County Quorum Court approved $10 million from Saline County’s American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds to go to the Saline Regional Public Water Authority, for a transformative water infrastructure project.
In a statement from the County, it says the Quorum Court recognized that securing a dependable, economical, reliable water source is integral for the long-term success of Saline County. It continues to state that the Water Authority’s water infrastructure project does that, and will act as a strategic economic development tool, improving the quality of life of almost the entire population of Saline County, by directly lowering water rates over the next 30 years.
The Saline Regional Public Water Authority will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, March 8th at 5:30 p.m. Come to the Bryant Fire Training Center at 312 Roya Lane. Scroll down to see the agenda.👇
“From my years as Mayor of the City of Haskell and Saline County Judge, I know how critical the need is for the Water Authority project,” said Saline County Judge Jeff Arey. “This project will significantly benefit the citizens of Saline County, further making Saline County a world-class destination.”
The project, over the next several years, will build an intake structure on the Ouachita River, transport that raw water to Saline County, construct a water treatment plant, and then transport the treated waters to members of the Water Authority. The ARP funds will be used for project costs, including land and easement acquisitions, engineering costs, and construction costs.
“I am excited that my colleagues on the Quorum Court recognize the importance of how this partnership will benefit a vast majority of water users, including current businesses and future businesses that will plant roots in our community,” said Saline County Justice of the Peace Josh Curtis. “This project further builds Saline County’s ecosystem of opportunity.”
The Water Authority, made up of eight Saline County water purveyors, is pursuing a roughly $150 million water infrastructure project. Beyond Saline County’s ARP funds, the Water Authority is applying for loans, grants, State ARP funds, and loan forgiveness opportunities to fund the project.
“We are so thankful for the vision and leadership of the Saline County Quorum Court and Judge Arey,” said Dickie Kentner, Water Authority Board Member.
“The Water Authority will be good stewards of the ARP funds, delivering on the Water Authority’s promise to provide a dependable and affordable water supply for future generations of Saline County residents,” said Bobby Westbrook, Water Authority Board Member.
1. Call to Order
2. Roll Call
3. Old Business
4. New Business
….A. Act 605 of 2021 Dickie Kentner
….A. Next Meeting Date: March 21, 2022