Mayor Rick Elumbaugh signed an interlocal agreement between the city and the county during Tuesday night’s city council meeting. The agreement pertains to co-equal oversight of the district court. The city and county have disagreed about district court and that has led to months of legal maneuvering

“This time we feel like we have good agreement,” Elumbaugh told the council.

The move is a step forward in putting to bed a dispute between Independence County and the City of Batesville over the funding of the district court.

The matter went as far as litigation within the last 12 months.

At last month’s City Council meeting, a resolution was passed to draft this agreement. The day after the council moved forward with their unanimous vote, County Judge Robert Griffin announced after Governor Asa Hutchinson gave a COVID-19 briefing at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville, that the county would accept the city’s proposal of a 50/50 split.

Griffin and Elumbaugh shook hands in front of media that was present as a show of good faith that an agreement was imminent.

All members were present.

In other city business, for the first time in three years, the Batesville Police Department will be fully staffed with 26 officers and one administrative personnel.

The next city council meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 10 at city hall. There are plans in place to make the council’s chamber socially distant and everyone will still be required to wear masks when entering the building.

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