October 10, 2012 Edition

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Possible bond issue discussed

A public hearing scheduled for Thursday at 1 p.m. regarding proposed state-issued bonds for the Birdsong Peanut Company was a topic of discussion at Monday night's Quorum Court meeting.

County Judge Dale Freeman informed justices about the hearing. There was some discussion about what liabilities, if any, the county would incur if the bonds are issued.

Freeman, as well as County Attorney Dick Jarboe, assured justices that the county would not be at any risk if the bonds are issued.

Jarboe stated that Birdsong's revenues will ensure the bond, and the buildings and property should be the collateral.

Freeman encouraged all members of the court to attend the meeting on Thursday.

Also during the meeting, there was some discussion about making sure utility companies do not put cables in ditches or where it will impact the ability of the county to maintain roads and ditches.

It was decided that Jarboe will send a letter to each utility company asking that they take care of any problems that exist.

In other business:

  • repairs on the old county shop were discussed. Justices voted to have Freeman and Sheriff Jody Dotson proceed with the repairs on the building.

  • the upcoming appointment of a new district judge was discussed. Judge Freeman, Sheriff Dotson and Walnut Ridge Mayor Don House were to meet with the governor on Tuesday.

  • justices plan to meet with each elected official some time after Oct. 15 to discuss the budget.

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