BY MELANIE BUCK –
The Polk County Courthouse is receiving some much needed exterior work as part of a Restoration Grant given by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program. Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson announced in July 2016 that the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, had awarded $2,842,862 in grants for projects in 54 Arkansas counties—including Polk County—through its County Courthouse Restoration Subgrant, Historic Preservation Restoration Grant, Certified Local Government Subgrant and Main Street Downtown Revitalization Grant programs.
Thirty-two projects shared $978,069 in Historic Preservation Restoration Grants (HPRG), which distributes funds raised through the Real Estate Transfer Tax to rehabilitate buildings listed on the Arkansas or National Registers of Historic Places and owned by local governments or not-for-profit organizations. Grant requests totaled $1,562,563.
Polk County received a $28,080 County Courthouse Restoration Grant for masonry restoration at the 1939 courthouse that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Work began on October 18th as crews began replacing missing and old cracked bricks. Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison said Harness Roofing, Inc., of Fort Smith was awarded the contract to fix the damaged masonry.