Members of the Phillips County Quorum Court approved an ordinance at their June meeting establishing a Courthouse Park Advisory Committee at the request of County Judge Clark Hall.

Members of the Phillips County Quorum Court approved an ordinance at their June meeting establishing a Courthouse Park Advisory Committee at the request of County Judge Clark Hall.

Hall told the JPs that he wanted the assistance of an advisory board to provide advice, gather information, make recommendations and perform other activities regarding the park. The Courthouse Park occupies the block just across the street from the courthouse on historic Cherry Street.

According to the ordinance, the county judge will appoint the members of the advisory board. All members will take office with 10 days of the appointment.

The board will consist of nine members that will serve a 3-year term. No member will be allowed to serve more than two consecutive terms.

The ordinance establishes that all persons appointed to the board must be qualified electors of the county. No justice of the peace will be allowed to serve.

Members of the board will meet quarterly and report directly to the county judge. They will also work with the Helena-West Helena Advertising & promotions Commission as well as develop a master plan for the development and use of the park. The board will apply for any appropriate grants.