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Hooper withdraws resolution on feasibility study

Van Buren County Judge Roger Hooper withdrew a resolution after questioning from a Quorum Court member last week.

Hooper had requested authorization to apply for a matching grant to conduct a feasibility study from the Department of Parks and Tourism.

The grant would have cost the county $15,000 and would have looked at the county taking over the Choctaw recreation area from the Corps of Engineers.

“Do we really want to handle parks?” asked Justice of the Peace James Kirkendoll. After a few minutes of discussion, Hooper called a 10-minute recess. When the Quorum Court reconvened, Hooper withdrew the resolution and said the budget committee will look into it.

A transfer request to move $23,000 from the General Fund to Safety and Maintenance to cover “professional services” drew questions from JP Dale James who noted that Safety and Maintenance appeared to be $4,000 in the red already.

“When are we going to stop spending if we don’t have money in the line items?” he asked.

One of the JPs quipped: “When we run out.”

“We are out,” James said.

The Quorum Court unanimously approved the transfers.

Also at Thursday’s meeting:

* Brenda Wood of the Literacy Council was recognized for her work in the county. Under Wood’s leadership the council now has 25 trained volunteers, 15 tutors and 32 students.

* David McBee of Fairfield Bay was named to the County Board of Governors for the hospital. The term ends in July 2016. He replaces Dr. Harry Starnes who died this year. Doyle Scroggins was re-appointed to the board. His term expires in July 2021.

Next month’s Quorum Court meeting will be held early. It will be at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday in August. Quorum Court meetings are usually the third Thursday of the month. The meetings are open to the public.

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