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Quorum Court Passes Resolution / Discuss Jail Future

BY MELANIE BUCK –

A resolution was passed at Tuesday night’s monthly meeting of the Polk County Quorum Court, as well as more discussion of the future of the Polk County Jail.

Justices of the Peace voted to pass a resolution that allows Polk County Judge Brandon Ellison to apply for a grant from Arkansas Rural Development that would benefit Potter Rural Volunteer Fire Department.

If awarded the GIF Fire Protection Grant, Potter’s Volunteer Department will receive up to $25,000 to purchase new turn-out gear for their volunteers.

Sheriff Mike Godfrey did speak on some of the issues still continuing with the current jail. Godfrey said they are looking at ways to fix the jail in an effort to keep it open, but he the question of remaining open is still in limbo. Godfrey expressed that when he and Judge Ellison met with Sterling Penix, the Governor’s Appointee over Jail Standards, that Penix expressed a grim future for the current jail facilities. However, when Penix attended the August Quorum Court meeting, he assured JP’s that he was willing to work with the County, leaving a mixed message.

Godfrey and Ellison are hopeful that Penix will continue to work with the County, as he told the Court, and are looking forward to meeting with him again in October.

Also at the meeting, Godfrey announced that the Sheriff’s Office will join up with the City of Mena to have an auction of seized items on October 10th at the Polk County Fairgrounds. Look for more information coming up as details become available.

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