The Polk County Quorum Court met for their February 2019 meeting Tuesday evening in Mena.
All eleven Justices of the Peace were present, as well as other elected officials.
The JPs approved two routine appropriation ordinances, reviewed the annual hot check report from the Prosecuting Attorney, and unanimously approved the re-appointment of Rodney Bowen to the Polk County Housing Authority Board for a five year term.
JPs approved approved a resolution authorizing the County Judge to apply for a grant from the Arkansas Community and Economic Development Program to benefit the Wickes Senior Citizens Center. Justice of the Peace Basil Kesterson said that he money would be used to expand and improve the kitchen at the Center.
Causing some discussion and even two "no" votes was an ordinance concerning law enforcement use of excessive force. The ordinance was a requirement made by the Federal Government in order for Polk County to apply and potentially receive the grant money from ACEDP for the Wickes Senior Citizens Center. Most of the JPs expressed some concern about the ordinance. Prosecuting Attorney Andy Riner also expressed some concern about the ordinance but pointed out that it did state that the law could be enforced. The ordinance was adopted by a 9 to 2 vote clearing the way for the grant application process.
The next Quorum Court meeting will be at 6:00 p.m. on March 26, 2019 at the Polk County Office Complex (old hospital) on Pine Street in Mena. Quorum Court meetings are, as required by law, open to the public.