The latest notes from County Judge Terry Ott
The 2015-2016 Quorum Court convened in January to set meeting date and time as prescribed by law. The Justices voted to continue meeting on the previously established date and time. The court will meet on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.
Other business conducted at the January meeting included budgetary clean up ordinances for 2014 and changing 2015 items in the new budget: Voting Machine Grant, Grant-ADEC-Emergency Shelter, Public Defender’s Office, Transfer Station, Fund Numbers for Sales Tax, and Assessors Special Fund.
The Marion County Community Center Board presented a progress update to the Quorum Court. The group will be sending a survey to the citizens of Marion County to determine if the community center is a high priority for the people.
The Monthly Disclosure Reports from the Arkansas Lottery Commission for the month of December listed sales in Marion County at $173,493.00. This included sales in Arkansas 50/50, Cash 3, Cash 4, Fast Play, Instant Settlements, Mega Millions, Monopoly, Natural State Jackpot, and Powerball.
Mr. Sterling Penix, Arkansas Coordinator for Jail Standards, will make a presentation at the February Quorum Court meeting. He will be outlining what must be done to ensure that Marion County Jail facilities comply with State mandated standards. Citizens of Marion County are welcome to attend.
New appointees for County Boards include: Carla Faison and Jeri Hulgan for the Marion County Library Board, Doug Parnell, David Ezell, and Tim Harris will serve on the Marion County Fair and Livestock Show Board. Thank you to all that volunteer to serve our county.
If you have ideas or suggestions for specific goals or areas of concern for improvement, please call the office (870-449-6231) to schedule an appointment. Email your questions or comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming events at fairgrounds, how to reserve space
Board Members, Term Expiration, Contact Numbers
Ken Rigmaiden, President, Dec. 31, 2015; 770-560-1551 (text OK)
Brent Rozeboom, Vice President, Dec. 31, 2018; 870-204-2577
David Ezell, Secretary, Dec. 31, 2019, 870-404-9457
Tim Harris, Treasurer, Dec. 31, 2015; 870-577-3991
Maxwell Michaels, Dec. 31, 2016; 870-404-8496
Doug Parnell, Dec. 31, 2017, 417-839-4240
Paul Schot, Dec. 31, 2017; 870-449-4294
Brad Thurman, Dec. 31, 2018; 870-365-6690 (text OK)
These are the upcoming events at the fairgrounds.
September 2013-May 2014: Sky Meadows Fine Arts (Orchestra) Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Feb. 25: Beef IQ Class--Reproduction. Offered by the Marion County Cooperative Extension Service. Register by calling the Extension Office at 870-449-6349.
April 14: Community Hymn Sing hosted by Sky Meadows Fine Arts. Evening at community building.
May 3: Beef IQ Class--Genetics.
March 7: Marion County 4H Honor Event (by Invitation) Community Building upstairs
March 21: Marion County Republican Dinner 6 p.m. Community Building upstairs
April 14: Sky Meadows Fine Arts hosting Community Hymn Sing, Community Bldg Upstairs 7 p.m., public invited
May 1-2: Spring Fling – Crafts, Yard Sale, Etc MC Fair Board/Marion County Community Services partnering this event. Times to be announced. Public invited to participate and attend.
May 2: Truck Pull at Arena
Aug.24- Sept. 7: No reservations accepted two weeks prior to annual county fair .
Sept. 8-12: Annual Marion County Fair and Livestock Show – All buildings and grounds being used! PUBLIC WELCOME!
Sept. 11: Truck Pull at Arena TTBA
Sept. 12: Bull Buck off at Arena TTBA
Oct. 9-10: Turkey Trot Rodeo at Arena TTBA
Steps to Reserving
1. Contact 870-449-6231 (Marion County Judge’s Office) to make sure space/building is available for date requested.
2. Send the following to Marion County Fair and Livestock Show, P.O. Box 545, Yellville, AR 72687.
A. Complete Rental Agreement with signature To download a fillable form, click HERE.
B. Send fee and deposit, each under a separate check.
3. You will be called or emailed a verification of your reservation.
NO RESERVATION IS FINAL UNTIL FEE IS PAID, DEPOSIT IS PAID AND RENTAL AGREEMENT IS SIGNED AND ON FILE.
Conservation District announces tree sales
The Crooked Creek Conservation District is taking orders for bare-root fruit and shade trees through Feb. 6 for pickup around Feb. 23. These are the prices:
1. Bare Root Shade Trees: $6 each. These include 3-4' Sugar Maple, Silver Maple, Red Maple, White, Flowering Dogwood.
2. Bare Root Shade Trees: $ 8.00 each. These include 18"- 24"Pink Flowering Dogwood and 3'-4' Bradford pears.
3. Bare Root Fruit Trees $11.50 Each. These include 3-4' Apple Trees (Jonathan, Arkansas Blacks, Granny Smith, Gala)
We can also order (Cherry) BlackTartarian, (pear) Keiffer, (Peach) Golden Jubilee.
Call 870-449-6356 or come by our office at 307 East Fourth Street in Yellville. Sorry, but we cannot guarantee trees.
We can deliver to Harrison.
Pasture conference March 5 for Conservation District
The Crooked Creek Conservation District's annual pasture conference will be held at 6 p.m. March 5 at at the Yellville-Summit School Cafeteria. John Jennings from the U of A Extension Service will be the main speaker on fertilization and summer grasses, and fall and spring annuals. For more information, contact the Crooked Creek Conservation District at 870-449-6356.
See the 2015 County Budget
To view the line-by-line county budget for 2015, click HERE.
Fair Awarded $4,000 for Bleachers
The Marion County Fair and Livestock Show was awarded a $4,000 grant earlier this year for new bleachers at the county fairgrounds. Attending the awards ceremony at the state Capitol were, left to right, Darlene Ott, State Sen. Johnny Key, Fair Treasurer Gwen Stice, Arkansas Rural Development Commission Chair Lynn Hawkins, Gov. Mike Beebe, Commissioner Glenn Priebe, Arkansas Rural Services Director John Andrews, Marion County Judge Terry Ott and state Rep. Kelly Linck.
Library Gets Grant for Noise Control
Left to right, accepting the award at the state Capitol on Oct. 22 are: Special Library Advisor Judy Mays, Library Director Dara Stine, Library Board President Joyce Boggan, ARDC Commissioner Max Tackett, county Grants Administrator Sheila Daniel, Gov. Mike Beebe, ADRS Director John Andrews, Friends of the Library PresidentDarlene Ott, ARDC Commissioner Glenn Priebe, Marion County Judge Terry Ott, ARDC Chairman Marvin Exum.
LITTLE ROCK, AR- Governor Mike Beebe and Department of Rural Services Director John Andrews presented $92,131.59 to 11 rural communities at an awards ceremony on October 22, 2014 held at the State Capitol in the Governor’s Conference Room. The communities were selected for funding through the Arkansas Rural Community Grant Program’s Cycle 1 of fiscal year 2015.
In attendance were representatives receiving an Arkansas Rural Community Development Grant award on behalf of the Marion County Library in Marion County. Marion County Library received $6,193 to remove a wall posing a safety hazard, construct a new wall, and install acoustical panels to reduce noise.
The Department of Rural Services works in partnership with the Arkansas Rural Development Commission to administer the Arkansas Rural Community Grant Programs in three cycles each year.
For more information about the Department of Rural Services and their grant programs contact Rural Services at 1-888-RURAL-AR.
2012 State Audit of County Government
The State of Arkansas, Division of Legislative Audit, has released its audit of Marion County Government for Fiscal Year 2012. To view the full audit, click HERE.
Transfer station now accepting glass
The county Transfer Station is now accepting glass for recycling. There is no charge and all colors of glass bottles and jars are recyclable (but no dishes, ceramics, lightbulbs or other glass items).
Hours of Operation
We are open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and the first and third Saturdays of each month from 8 a.m. to noon. If the Courthouse is closed for holidays or bad weather, the Transfer Station will also be closed. If you have any questions, please call us at 449-5501.
•$1.50 a bag up to and including 33 gallons. (Five Wal-Mart bags will usually fill a 33-gallon bag or three 13-gallon tall kitchen bags.)
• $2.50 a bag any bags above 33 gallons.
•$15 furniture per piece.
•$30 per cubic yard for construction and demolition debris. (No brick or masonry items, please.)
•4 tires per day per person are free for recycling; any over that will be $1 per tire.
•ALL HOUSEHOLD TRASH MUST BE BAGGED.
•Permits are no longer being issued. Any current permits will be honored until they expire.
What can be recycled
All recyclable items are free, except certain tires (see bottom of this list.)
•Aluminum: Beverage cans and radiators.
•Cans: All vegetable cans, cat and dog food cans, coffee cans.
•Cardboard: Corrugated cardboard, food boxes, brown paper bags, feed sacks. They must be clean with no plastic or Styrofoam in or on the cardboard.
•Electronics: Televisions, computer monitors, CPUs, laptops.
•Glass: All colors of glass bottles and jars, but no dishes, ceramics, light bulbs or other glass items.
•Paper: Newspapers, copy paper, magazines, phone books, hardback and paperback books.
•Plastic: Basically drinking bottles, laundry bottles, milk jugs and such.
•Scrap Metal: Big bulky metal – grills, appliances (stoves, refrigerators, freezers).
•Tires: 4 passenger tires per day per person, any more than that per day will be $1 per tire.
Fees apply to specialty tires (ATV, tractor, OTR tires). Check with cashier before dropping those off.
County Gets Nearly $46,000 for Community Center
Thanks to a grant of nearly $46,000, Marion County is in the final stages of renovating its Community Center at the Fairgrounds in Summit in order to make it a Red Cross Emergency Shelter. Above from left, State Rep. Kelley Linck and Sen. Johnny Key present the grant to County Grants Administrator Sheila Daniel and Terry Ott.
The $45,946 grant comes from state General Improvement Funds allocated by the Legislature to be used for infrastructure and services to promote economic and community development. It is administered by the Northwest Arkansas Economic Development District.
Improvements funded by this grant include a 48KW gas generator, two HVAC units for the first floor, glass entrance doors with emergency crash bars upstairs and downstairs, painting and other finishing touches. The entire building will meet the standards of the Americans With Disabilities Act when the project is complete by early summer.
This grant builds on a $106,400 Community Development Block Grant from the NWAEDD and work financed by that grant began last year. The Community Center, constructed in 1937 by the Works Progress Administration, now has a new drainage system to correct chronic flooding in the basement and all the windows have been replaced. Extensive electrical rewiring has been done.
On the top floor, which has a large auditorium and stage, there are completely rebuilt ADA‐compliant bathrooms with a shower, a new heating and cooling system, a new ceiling and a refinished floor. Renovation of the upstairs kitchen and other changes on the ground floor are still in the works.
Community events are already being held again on the top floor, after several years of it being unusable. It is available for rental by private groups, as well. Reservations may be made by calling the Marion County Fair and Livestock Show at 870‐453‐8645.
To see a complete list of grants the county has received, click HERE.
Rea Valley VFD Assessment Appeal Form
If you live within the Rea Valley Volunteer Fire District and wish to appeal your fire district assessment, you may do so by downloading the dictrict's Assessment Appeal Form. To download, click HERE. You may fill it out on your computer or by hand. Please return it by either mailing it or taking it to the County Clerk's Office in the Courthouse in Yellville. The mailing address is:
Marion County Clerk
P.O. Box 385
Yellville, AR 72687