The Batesville City Council agreed to motion to make an offer to Independence County in their ongoing legal battle regarding funding and operations of the district court.

The motion, brought by Alderman Tommy Bryant, allows the attorneys in the case to discuss a 50/50 split.

“All we’ve ever tried to do is come to a fair and equitable situation,” said Alderman Chris Poole, during the discussion.

“It just needs to be in writing,” said Alderman Douglas Matthews.

Bryant brought up the motion, saying it was based on how Stone County and Mountain View split their court funding and costs.

The highlight of the meeting was the Batesville Fire Department receiving a $1,500 Community Safety Grant from CenterPoint Energy.

“We were blessed to have the opportunity to apply for this,” said Chief Brent Cleghorn, of the Batesville Fire Department. The department will use these funds in their Home Fire Safety Inspection program. Residents of Batesville can call the department at (870) 698-2439 to schedule a Home Fire Safety Inspection. During the inspection, firefighters will point out any potential hazards, and install a five-pound fire extinguisher and two fire detectors, at no cost to the homeowner.

In other news, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission has provided a grant to Batesville Preschool to provide cabinets for two classrooms.The Batesville City Council passed a resolution authorizing the mayor to execute a contract with Fulbright Cabinet Shop of Mount Pleasant, Ark., not to exceed $11,810, for construction of those cabinets.

In departmental reports, the city engineer reported a team is working to repair trip hazards on sidewalks along Main, College, and Boswell streets.

The council approved the minutes from the Aug. 18 city council meeting and there were no comments from citizens. Alderman Fred Krug was absent from the meeting. The next city council meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13.

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