An emergency meeting of the Saline County Quorum Court will take place at 6 p.m. today in Courtroom 1 of the county courthouse.
Saline County Judge Lanny Fite requested the meeting to appropriate funds needed for the county road department's portion of the Alcoa Road improvement project.
Condemnations must be paid and filed by June 30, Fite said.
"This deadline must be met or the county could risk losing federal funding for the project," the judge said.
Participants are predicting lots of jeers and jokes when they take the podium Thursday night at a fundraising "roast and toast" for Saline County Judge Lanny Fite. However, all have been quick to say that they have enormous respect for the man who has led the county for the past 16 years.
Benton City Council approved an ordinance Monday night that will allow the city to use eminent domain to acquire necessary property for the Alcoa Road improvement project.
The ordinance was read on its third and final reading and was approved unanimously. Absent from the meeting were Aldermen Kerry Murphy and Brad Moore.
Nine properties will be acquired with the passage of the ordinance and its emergency clause.