The Faulkner County Quorum Court will officially declare Mark Bailey’s Justice of the Peace seat vacant during the next regularly scheduled meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Courtroom A of the Faulkner County Courthouse.
The Finance and Administration Committee recommended the resolution during its meeting last week, a resolution that County Attorney Allen Dodson said was a formality. The resolution declares a vacancy on the court and sends a request to fill the vacancy to Gov. Mike Beebe.
Bailey vacated the seat after it was revealed that he filed for re-election with a different address. Bailey will still be on the General Election ballot, although he has stated he is not running for re-election. Michael Yoder of the Green Party is opposing Bailey.
The court will also consider the ordinance recommended by the Finance and Administration Committee allocating $40,000 to the Election Commission. The commission has stated that it needs more funds for advertising, printing and supplies. Faulkner County Clerk Melinda Reynolds told the committee that she estimated the need at about $30,000, but the committee recommended to allocate $40,000 in case more is needed in the next three weeks. The remainder of what is not used will be turned back in to the general fund.
In other business, the court will consider an ordinance for fish and wildlife education that would take money given from the Arkansas Department of Education and send it to seven schools in the county. About $6,500 will be allocated for "the study of general fish and wildlife conservation issues, hunter education training, fishing education training, boating education training, wildlife habitat development, Project WILD, and the Hooked on Fishing."