Faulkner County employees will get a one-time raise this year in time for the holidays.
The Faulkner County Quorum Court voted unanimously to give full-time employees a $200 bonus and part-time employees $100. The court members opted to not give themselves this $100 bonus.
Justice of the Peace Jerry Park said it would be "fiscally irresponsible to accept" the bonus. JP Jimmy Bryant said he would not feel good about voting on the payment to themselves. An amendment taking out the justices from the equation passed unanimously.
In other business:
• The court approved three resolutions authorizing the county judge to apply for grants on behalf of organizations. The first was a grant for new equipment for the Faulkner County S.W.A.T team. The second was a grant to help Conway Cradle Care construct a playground. The third was to apply for a grant on behalf of the Highway 286 East Volunteer Fire Department.
• The court approved a budget ordinance for appropriation from county road sales tax to finish sealing coating for the remainder of the year; for funds returned to the county for road repair from Chesapeake Energy; for money turned into the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Department from the 20th Judicial District for Drug Control Fund; for a transfer within the automation department of the County Treasurer; a transfer from the jail fines fund to the criminal justice fund for more than $1,000 in plumbing and electrical in the detention center; transfer of $1,100 in the election commission; a transfer from within the Circuit Court 5th Division; a request from the County Clerk for a new copy machine; money from restitution to be appropriated back to the criminal justice sales tax and transfer within the prosecuting attorney’s office.
• JP Jerry Roberts announced he would be seeking the office of Faulkner County Sheriff. Roberts will run as an independent.
• Park announced his intention to seek re-election to his seat on the Faulkner County Quorum Court.
Courts and Safety Meeting
The courts and safety committee heard from Jill Mason, an account representative from CodeRed Emergency Communication Network.
The CodeRed Emergency Notification System is a high-volume, high-speed communication service available for mass emergency notifications employing an Internet mapping capability for geographic targeting of calls, coupled with a high speed telephone calling system capable of delivering customized pre-recorded emergency messages directly to homes and businesses at the proven capacity of millions of calls per day.
Mason demonstrated the CodeRed call out to several people in the audience. Mason said the company has data from credit services and white pages in their system. Additional information can be added by the county.
Residents can add their information online through the company’s Web site, www.coderedweb.net. The county can set up calling using a local number or the company’s universal toll free number.
Weather alerts can be sent out directly from CodeRed.
The committee will refer the matter to the finance and administration committee for more study.