The Faulkner County Quorum Court's Budget and Finance Committee will discuss refunding $500,000 to the Voluntary Animal Welfare & Control account that was used to purchase property at 324 S. German Lane during a public meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesdayin Courtroom A of the county courthouse.
The Courts and Public Safety Committee and the Infrastructure and Roads Committee will meet when it concludes. All are open to the public.
The finance committee will discuss a proposed ordinance to refund the $500,000 the county used to buy property intended to be used for an animal shelter. County officials said the property could be used immediately for a shelter so on April 1, 2018, the sheriff's office leased the space.
"[T]he Sheriff undertook significant renovations to the property so that it could be used in the Department's operations," the proposed ordinances reads in part. "[T] he Quorum Court [on June 19] rejected ... a proposed ordinance to sequester $400,000 annually to construct and operate a county-wide animal control facility jointly with the City of Conway."
Because the property "has now been converted for use by the Sheriff's Office," the ordinance suggests the county return the $500,000, along with rent earned to date, to the animal control fund.
The ordinance indicates $10,520.10 in unused rent will be re-appropriated back to the sheriff's office.
The committees discuss proposed ordinances which are then added to the full quorum court for approval or rejection. This ordinance will most likely appear on the quorum court's agenda for its regular meeting at 7 p.m. July 17 in Courtroom A. All quorum court meetings are open to the public.
Justices of the Peace John Pickett, Eric King, Randy Higgins and Dan Thessing comprise the Budget and Finance Committee, which is chaired by Pickett.