Last week the Polk County Quorum Court met for their monthly session.
Cherry Hill residents Lawrence Philpot, Nancy Philpot, and Kathy Rusert representing the cemetery therein attended and had information regarding a grant they are seeking for a new storage shed, pavilion and restrooms for the cemetery. The Quorum Court authorized a resolution allowing County Judge Brandon Ellison to apply for a grant on their behalf since the non-matching grant needed a municipal sponsor requiring the county to get involved since the cemetery is not located in a town.
Also on the agenda JP’s approved an ordinance allowing the county to seek a grant for the cost of new cabling for computers and phones at the courthouse.
Judge Ellison reported the county received $10,200.00 from a class action lawsuit the county joined against drug companies. Judge Ellison also reported on a matter from last months meeting regarding the high cost of health insurance for county employees. He mentioned he is still looking at options for the Quorum Court to consider concerning the very large cost increase for county employee health insurance.
Heady Nezhadpour, a Medicare specialist, presented information to the court about Medicare and its benefits over regular insurance for employees and elected officials over the age of 65.
The Quorum Court also recognized County Judge Ellison for having recently been elected President of the County Judge’s Association of Arkansas (CJAA).
The next Quorum Court meeting will be November 26, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. Polk County Quorum Court meetings are open to the public.