Raise ordinance for Lawrence Co. employees moves forward

Lawrence County Employee Raises
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

LAWRENCE COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - The Lawrence County Quorum Court has moved an ordinance forward that would give a 3% salary increase for some county employees.

Lawrence County Clerk Tina Stowers said the 3% raise could cost the county about $78,000 for a full year.

She said that was figured on a full-time rate and that estimate does not include elected officials.

Lawrence County Judge Dale Freeman said the ordinance has to go through two more readings before it is approved but planned to hold a special meeting next week to fully pass the ordinance.

Freeman said what they are currently paying their employees is too low.

"These girls that work in these offices we've been working them for $9.00 an hour," Freeman said. "We need to get the pay up there where they want to stay with us. Also, the people in the road department. I got 19 people in the road department, lots of them, making $10.00 an hour and they've been there seven, eight, ten years."

Freeman said he wants to pass the raises as soon as they could.

There were several other items discussed at the meeting also.

Judge Freeman said that the county received $130,000 to fix the courthouse roof.

The meeting then addressed the new shooting range, which Judge Freeman said was not completed yet due to recent rainy weather.

According to Freeman, only a few dry days are needed to get the work done and hoped to have the project completed by the end of the week.

Placing a bridge by the Cache River was also discussed and the Judge said that would cost around $1 million, which is money Freeman said they did not have.

Freeman said a group in Jonesboro wants a bridge built on the river near Sedgewick because of drainage issues.

He said the county does not see the drainage as a big issue but the county attorney is working on a response about the bridge.

The justices all voiced their support the "Disaster City" project that could be in Walnut Ridge and Imboden.

An ordinance also passed to allow the Judge to apply for a Sheriff's Department Grant to purchase three trucks.

Copyright 2016 KAIT. All rights reserved.

Watch Region 8 News On Demand: On your Desktop | On your Mobile device

Region 8 News App - Install or update on your: iPhone | Android