Quorum Court OKs grants for community projects in Paron

Two resolutions to benefit the Paron community were approved Tuesday night in a meeting of the Saline County Quorum Court.

One of the grants seeks funding for a volunteer fire association equipment project. The application will be submitted to the Arkansas Rural Development Commission to secure state grant funds in the amount of $38,944 to assist the project and and to authorize the county judge to administer the funding for the project.

The other resolution authorizes the judge to apply for a grant to re-roof the Paron Community Center, to provide adequate handicap access, to update lighting, to add security to the building and to convert an existing outbuilding into a public picnic pavilion.

The application seeks $125,000 in funding from the Arkansas Rural Development Commission.
In other matters , the court :

•Approved a resolution authorizing the county judge to apply for a grant to purchase Tasers and supplies for the Hot Springs Village Police Department.

The resolution notes that the HSV Police Department meets eligibility requirements to apply for the grand under the GIF Funded Community Enhancement grant. The grant amount is for $50,708.71.

The court also:
•Approved an ordinance adding Brody Crossing to the county road system.
•Approved an ordinance appropriating $80,900 in collector's automation funds for the year 2014.
•Approved an ordinance appropriating $5,179 for a voting system grant for 2014.
•Approved an ordinance appropriating $9,730 in court security grant funds for 2014.
•Approved the reappointment of Linda Edwards to the Saline County Public Library Board.
At the start of the meeting, Edward Jetton, representing the Saline County Fair Board of Directors, spoke about the planned sale of property near the county fairgrounds to the city of Benton for Riverfront Park.

The county will continue to have access to the site when it is needed for parking during the county fair, Jetton said.

"This is good for everyone," Jetton said.

"We may remodel some fairgrounds buildings as part of the project," he said.