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Newport Independent - Newport, AR
  • Quorum Court moves forward on jail

  • After hearing from financial and legal representatives Thursday night, the Jackson County Quorum Court took another step in its effort to alleviate the county's jail woes.
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  • The court voted unanimously during the meeting to put in place efforts to get a funding proposal on the ballot in a special election Feb. 12.
    Michael McBride of Stephens Financial and Ryan Bowman of Friday, Eldredge & Clark, LLP addressed the justices concerning their financial options in covering construction costs as well as maintenance and operations costs for a new detention center.
    Following discussion amongst the justices, Judge Jeff Phillips polled the court members who unanimously asked Bowman to draw up the necessary paperwork to present at the December meeting.
    Bowman and McBride will appear at the December meeting with the prepared ordinances which will allow the court members to vote on its adoption and get a proposal for the new detention facility on the February ballot.
    The jail, which has faced sanctions from the state's review committee for most of the last decade, was placed on its final six-month probationary status earlier this year and faces another inspection in February 2013.
    In other business:
    - The justices approved Christmas bonuses for county employees.
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