The Faulkner County Quorum Court approved buying property the coroner’s office has been renting for the past couple of years and allowing a Mayflower resident more time to secure the needed certifications to build a pole barn in a flood plain during its regular meeting Tuesday.

Faulkner County Coroner Pat Moore told Justices of the Peace that the nearly 5,000-square-foot building his department has been renting for $2,500 per month was "absolutely perfect" for his department.

The court unanimously approved purchasing the building for $350,000. Faulkner County Judge Jim Baker said he expects to close on the property around April 1.

"This is an investment in the future for Faulkner County," Baker said.

The court also approved allowing Mayflower resident Dwayne Dycus more time to obtain the required documents to permit a variance on the county’s strict ordinance regarding construction in flood-prone areas.

Following a flood in December, the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) was checking the area and discovered the construction, which should have gone through the permit process before being started.

Dycus said he was unaware he had to get a permit to build the structure.

"I sure wouldn’t have built that kind of building if I was going to have to tear it down," he said during the meeting, noting that he has invested $175,000 in the barn to date. "I really need that shed."

The court told Dycus to seek an elevation certificate from an engineering firm. If the elevation is found to be above the flood plain level, construction can resume without further ado.

If the elevation is in the flood plain, the quorum court can grant a variance as long as it follows the Federal Emergency Management Agency guidelines.

Dycus will give the court an update on his progress during its May meeting.

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