The Polk County Quorum Court met Tuesday evening for their regular monthly meeting. The meeting was moved back to the Quorum Court Meeting Room in the County Office Complex after having been held in the Courtroom of the Courthouse for several months to allow for social distancing.
Ten of the eleven Justices of the Peace were present and one participated by speaker phone. Several other elected officials, county employees and visitors were also in attendance.
The meeting was mostly routine business. JPs did pass several resolutions to pave the way for possible CARES Act grants that would benefit the county, if approved.
There was also an ordinance passed to Appropriate To County Accounts, and notice to the JPs of some items deleted from the county inventory.
Polk county Judge Brandon Ellison told the JPs that the building across the street from the courthouse that the county rents for the Prosecuting Attorney would have to be sold by the owner to prevent a conflict. The building is owned by Prosecuting Attorney Andy Riner, who is the Circuit Judge Elect. While there is no conflict at this time with Riner owning the building, when he becomes Judge at the beginning of 2021 there will be due to different policies. The county pays $7,200.00 per year for rent, and since the county is responsible for providing office space for the Prosecuting Attorney and staff, the judge and JPs seemed in agreement that it would be best if the county purchased the building. Judge Ellison will get an appraisal on the building and the matter will be revisited a the October Quorum Court meeting.
The meeting was adjourned at 6:55 p.m.