The latest notes from County Judge Terry Ott
Judge’s Notes, Nov. 27, 2014
Thank you once again for your vote of confidence for me as your county judge. I am grateful for all who voted and volunteered to help in various ways. I will do my best to continue the work we have begun and welcome your input for new ideas to make Marion County a better place to live, work, and enjoy.
The Snow Community Access Road has been a dangerous intersection for many years with several accidents. The Marion County Road Department and the Arkansas Highway Department are working together to make this intersection safer for our citizens. This intersection with limited visibility is on a large curve making it extremely dangerous. People turning left on Highway 62/412 have a limited time to cross the highway and if visibility is a problem it makes it more difficult for school buses, trucks, and cars to do so safely. Several groups have contributed time and money to make the improvements needed for this intersection. Words cannot express our gratitude for the generosity of the following individuals and companies: the Martin family for their monetary donation making it possible to move the electricity, the Malenke and Wiseman families for donating property, Windstream Cable Company, Pyatt Water Department, Yelcot Telephone, and the Arkansas Highway Department. The intersection should function more efficiently and safely upon completion of this project.
Sheriff Vickers and I have been notified by Mr. Danny Hickman, state coordinator of jail standards, that our county has been given an extension because we are working on plan for a new jail. The SpiritArchitecture Group L.L. C. presented the site selection study at the November meeting of the quorum court. Three sites in the county were studied for location, traffic, access, excavation costs, utilities, travel time to court, etc. No decision has been made by the quorum court.
The issue of jail overcrowding and underfunding continues statewide creating economic hardship on county government. According to the Arkansas Association of Counties, the state owes counties in excess of $6.8 million for county jail reimbursement. This debt is increasing by $1.3 million dollars per month.
The budget committee continues working on the 2015 budget for the county and plans to have it completed and ready for approval at the December meeting.
If you have questions, comments, or suggestions for efficient operation of our county, please feel free to call the office at 870-449-6231 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. To access information, forms, services, resources, events in Marion County check out our website at the following address: http://marioncounty.arkansas.gov.
Upcoming events at fairgrounds, how to reserve space
We hope you enjoyed our annual County Fair!
These are the dates already reserved for use of the community building and arena:
Current-May 2014: Sky Meadows Fine Arts (Orchestra) Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Nov. 4: General Election. Voting is from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. for Precincts 16, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31.
Nov. 4: Carson and Barnes Circus, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Elephant Shower at 3 p.m.
Dec. 5: Private event, community building.
Dec. 16: Community Christmas Concert hosted by Sky Meadows Fine Arts. Evening at community building.
Dec. 19: Private event, daytime, community building.
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.
How to make a reservation to use the community building:
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.
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