Monday's Quorum Court meeting was a model of efficiency as the Justices of the Peace passed three appropriation ordinances in 12 minutes and spent 18 minutes receiving updates about the new county jail being constructed from County Judge Clark Hall.

Monday’s Quorum Court meeting was a model of efficiency as the Justices of the Peace passed three appropriation ordinances in 12 minutes and spent 18 minutes receiving updates about the new county jail being constructed from County Judge Clark Hall.
Responding to multiple questions from JP Barbara King, Hall announced the jail was ahead of schedule and could possibly be in operation by the end of October and that the renovation of the old John Deere Building should begin by the end of July and could be complete by the end of the year.
Discussion then turned to staff of the new facility with King asking, “How many employees are we going to have?”  Hall responded, “Reginald Wilson, the new jail administrator, and I will be here next month asking for 16 positions.”  Hall continued, “I also want to warn you that next month’s meeting will have a lot to cover since Mr. Wilson will also be here with the necessary ordinances, including employee policies, to operate the jail.”
Two of the ordinances passed by the Quorum Court were to appropriate funds from the 2019 budget to cover 2018 expenses since invoices were not received until May.  One was from Cross County for prescription medications for an inmate.  The other was for expenses related to the advertising and publication of the delinquent property tax list.
The third amended the county’s budget to reflect those expenses, provide funding for some part-time help at the jail site, primarily to cut grass, and to appropriate money from insurance claims in the Sheriff’s Office so that some wrecked vehicles could be replaced.
The next regular meeting of the Quorum Court is scheduled for July 9 at 6:00 pm at the Phillips County Courthouse.