Newport Independent - Newport, AR
  • Quorum assists firefighters, dissolves townships

  • The Cleburne County Quorum Court held its November meeting last Thursday evening.
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  • The Cleburne County Quorum Court held its November meeting last Thursday evening.
    At the beginning of this month’s meeting, the Court recognized representatives of some of the local rural fire departments. In an effort spearheaded by J.P. Tim Caldwell, the Court honored a commitment to give matching funds to any rural fire departments that were able to raise $500. The fire departments in Quitman, Drasco, Cove Creek-Pearson, Tumbling Shoals, and Wilburn were awarded $500 each as a result of their fundraising efforts. Caldwell has been a strong, vocal supporter of the hard work and commitment of Cleburne’s rural fire departments and expressed the county’s appreciation and support of the efforts of these men and women.
    In other county news, Judge Jerry Holmes presented the Court with an order dated November 13th, in which he exercised his authority under the Arkansas Constitution to dissolve the existing constable townships in Cleburne County and reorganize them into two. “With the dissolution of the Justice Courts there is no longer a need for 22 Constable Townships in Cleburne County to carry out mandates of the courts,” Holmes stated in the order. The existing townships will continue to function until they are officially dissolved on January 1, 2015. Voting for the newly consolidated townships will take place during normal elections in November 2014.
    Judge Holmes presented the Court with the findings of the legislative audit for the year ending in December 2012. Two of the recommendations from the audit involved the bid process. In one instance, the audit found that bids were not properly obtained for the purchase of road equipment totaling $79,850. In another, they audit found that the county did not take bids for roof repairs on the Claude Dill Complex that cost $28,100. The county was informed that bids must be taken for any expenses totaling more than $20,000. The audit also found that the county did not adequately segregate duties in regards to financial transactions and other accounting duties. The audit recommended that these duties be segregated among employees to reduce the risk of fraud or error. The audit listed various other findings and recommendations to which Judge Homes reported that the county would comply with their findings and correct any violations.
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