The Lonoke County Quorum Court passed an ordinance for the purchase of security equipment during its monthly meeting on July 20.
According to Justice of the Peace and ordinance sponsor Bill Ryker, the security grant received by the county did not cover the full amount of security items needed for the court house. Ryker said while a secondary grant was applied for the cover the remaining $10,000, the county was not approved for the grant.
“At the time we were putting in the surveillance and cameras at the courthouse, all we knew about the elevator at that time was that it [the elevator] was going to go up,” Ryker said. ” We didn’t know where it would open, what floors, how far, so we didn’t have cameras for that. Now we have five cameras that will be situated in and around where the elevator is. All the openings, there will be cameras on that.”
In addition, Ryker said there are also intercoms, motion detectors, extra panic buttons and super wands to scan the body to prevent congestion at the metal detectors, as well as batteries, backup batteries and chargers for the equipment included in the purchase. The total for the equipment came to $10,165
“This is something that needs to be done immediately in order to get the rest of the court house up online and get this taken care of,” Ryker said.
Before moving into the reading of ordinance 2017-08, the quorum court unanimously voted to amend the ordinance to reflect the money being taken from the housing fund 1800 and transferred into the court security fund 3501, for record purposes.
By unanimous vote, the quorum court approved an appropriation ordinance 2017- 08 to amend the annual operating budget and appropriating $10,165.41 from fund 1800, housing and move to fund 3501, court security.
The second ordinance brought to the table was ordinance 2017-09, concerning procedures and policy for the Lonoke County quorum court during the 2017 and 18 term.
According to county attorney Alan Dodson, records for the January 2017 meeting does reflect the court verbally discussing and voting to follow some of the procedures, but does not reflect a vote on an actual procedural ordinance. Dodson said the court must vote on the procedures, every two years.
“Basically what this ordinance is doing, is housekeeping,” Judge Doug Erwin said. “It’s something that got by us in January. We’re not doing anything we weren’t doing, or haven’t been doing. We’ve been doing it correct. It just actually states how we are going to follow procedure.”
In a unanimous three motion vote, the quorum court voted to suspend the rules and read ordinance 2017-09, an emergency ordinance entitled the Lonoke County procedural and policy ordinance of the quorum court for the 2017 and 2018 term, by title only. The ordinance was previously published in October 2011 and December 2015.
The next regular scheduled meeting of the Lonoke County Quorum Court will be at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 17 in the Annex Building.