Independence County will be completely debt-free in 2022. The quorum court voted to retire outstanding obligations on election, 911, and county road equipment, as well as, the district judge retirement pension.
That’s not all the county will be celebrating in January.
The Arkansas Martin Luther King Jr. Commission presented Independence County with a “Our Beloved Community Partner” award at the beginning of the quorum court meeting for the county’s efforts in promoting education and positive development in the community where all are valued and welcome. The organization also held a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce and presented an award to the city.
In recent years, groups participate in community service projects during a nationwide day of service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January.
Batesville resident Andy Montgomery serves on the commission and Dr. DuShun L. Scarbrough presented the proclamation to Independence County Judge Robert Griffin.
The judge signed a document proclaiming October to be 4-H Month in Independence County recognizing the 300 4-H Club participants throughout the county.
In other business, the court amended appropriation Ordinance 2021-24 in order to establish a fund entitled the American Rescue Plan Act Replacement Revenue Fund and passed Ordinance 2021-23 establishing hazard pay incentives for all eligible essential employees who worked during certain time periods in 2020.
In September the Independence County Sheriff’s Office responded to 31 accidents, responded 645 calls for service, issued 130 traffic warnings and 59 traffic citations, and made 18 arrests.
After quorum court, members of the road and solid waste committees approved the budgets presented by those departments.