Marion County, Arkansas

Photo: Ryan Stokes/Buffalo National River

    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.

    The latest notes from County Judge Terry Ott

    Judge’s Notes, Aug. 21, 2014

         The 2012 audit for Marion County has been the topic of much discussion lately. Citizens have the right to read the final copy. To do so, click HERE.    Concerning the many questions about the two missing road graders, this is information that I can share with the public.  Former Judge James ‘Pete’ Giles brought all the equipment to the county yard by December 31, 2012.  An inventory of all items was done when my administration took office in January 2, 2013, and the two road graders in question were not there.  When the auditors completed the 2012 audit, the 2 road graders could not be found nor paperwork showing that the graders had been traded, sold, or scrapped; therefore the Prosecuting Attorney, Ron Kincaid, requested a federal investigation which continues.
        Concerning the questions about spraying the county road right of ways, Federal and state-approved herbicides were used on a trial basis by a contracted  company  to combat weeds along road shoulders.  Marion County has 2,000 miles of roads to maintain and mow which means 4000 miles when both sides of the road are maintained.  The annual maintenance is expensive and the budget is tight; therefore, we decided to do a trial application of herbicides.  County roads should be free of obstacles for the safety of motorists and pedestrians.  It also reduces fire danger, optimizes storm water drainage, helps control weeds, and promotes native plant growth.  Property owners who do not want roadsides adjacent to their properties spray or maintained by mower can call the road department to make that request. 
         Welcome to our new librarian, Ms. Dara Stine.  Dara is a graduate of Yellville-Summit High School and Lyon College and is enrolled in the Masters of Library Science program.  She announced to the Quorum Court that the paperwork for state compliance had been completed and approved by Arkansas State Library.  Marion County Library will receive $43,000 with the first payment in September.  Thank you to Mrs. Judy Mays and the Marion County Library Board of Trustees for these accomplishments.
         The Quorum Court approved a resolution for Marion County Library to apply for a grant to install noise-reduction hardware and replace or extend room partitions to reduce noise and correct safety issues.               The Marion County Regional Airport Commission is seeking a grant from the Federal Aviation Administration and Arkansas Department of Aeronautics for the construction of the phase IV apron rehabilitation at the Marion County Regional Airport.  The estimated cost of the project is $340,337.00 and the FAA grant being sought is 90% federally funded and 10% owner funded, in which the 10% may be reimbursable from the Arkansas Department of Aeronautics.
        Fishing Holdings, LLC was endorsed by Marion County for benefits from the sales & use tax refunds as provided by Section 15-4-2706(d) of the Consolidated Incentive Act of 2003.  The Department of Finance and Administration is authorized to refund local sales and use taxes to Fishing Holding5s, LLC.
        The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning a series of public workshops to discuss a master plan revision for Bull Shoals Lake.  Three meetings in our area will provide citizens the opportunity to discuss the plan and make personal comments.  For more information and to comment, visit http://go.usa.gov/5Jqx.
        If you have questions, comments, or suggestions for the efficient operation of our county, please feel free to call the office at 870-449-6231 or email mcjudge@yellville.net.  

    View and download the 2014 fair catalog

    This year's fair catalog is now online. To download it, click here. After you download, you may also print it out. Entry forms are  at the back of the catalog. You can fill them out before printing, or just print the entry form and fill it out by hand. The livestock entry form is not in the online catalog, so to download it and print, click here. The entry form is in the printed copies available around the county.

     To learn more about the Marion County Fair and Livestock Show, click HERE

    Aug. 17 – Sept. 1:  No rentals or use of grounds because of County Fair preparations.
    Sept. 2-6: Marion County Fair and Livestock Show
    Sept. 6: Truck Pull, 6 p.m., Arena
    Sept. 20: Private event, upstairs Community Building
    Oct. 10-11: Rand Rodeo (Turkey Trot)

    How to make a reservation:
    1. Call 870-453-8645  to make sure space/building is available for the date you want.
    2.  Send the following to  Marion County Fair and Livestock Show, P.O. Box 356, Summit AR 72677.
    A. Complete Rental Agreement with signature. To download a fillable form, click here
    B. 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.  

    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.

    Our Prices
    •$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