The personnel subcommittee of the Madison County Quorum Court met on June 10 in the courthouse courtroom to discuss a new policy proposed by County Clerk Austin Boatright that would phase out employee use of paper time slips and transition instead to electronic timekeeping software implemented by the clerk’s office.

The regular meeting of the Huntsville Water and Sewer Commission was held at the Huntsville Water Utilities office on Thursday. Commissioner Sean Ellis attended by phone. Zane Lewis and Spencer Briggs were present from McClelland Engineering. 

The Huntsville City Council on Monday night heard the first reading of an ordinance specifically permitting city employees to do limited business with the city, an action recommended by City Attorney Jessica Fritts. A section of the ordinance permits the city to pay Police Chief Todd Thomas $4,550 for his work restoring the Basham Building.

About 70 citizens turned out for a meeting at the Carroll Electric Community Room on Monday night to hear the results of a recent survey conducted by the City of Huntsville. The city will use the results, as well as citizen input, to create a new strategic plan.

The Madison County Quorum Court authorized County Judge Larry Garrett last week to apply for a grant from the Arkansas rural Community Grant Program to help fund the purchase of five washer extractors for use by the county’s 13 fire departments.

The Record is taking a closer look at issues facing Madison County and how candidates plan to address those issues if elected.

The Huntsville Planning Commission on Monday night tabled approval of site plans for the new 148-bed Madison County Sheriff’s Office and Jail until February. Also during the first meeting of 2024, the panel selected its slate of officers for the year.

Residents of Huntsville and Madison County are asked to participate in an online survey that city officials say will impact the future of this area.

The Huntsville Water and Sewer Commission on Thursday selected Crossland Heavy Construction Co. to serve as the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) overseeing the $32.6 million expansion of the city’s wastewater treatment facility, which is expected to begin construction later this year.

In its first regular meeting of 2024 — delayed from Jan. 16, a state holiday, to Jan. 18 due to inclement weather — the Madison County Quorum Court passed an appropriation ordinance amending the 2023 budget and adopted two resolutions pertaining to the replacement of two bridges in the county.

The City of Huntsville issued 12 building permits totaling  $1.3 million in November and December and the first two weeks of January.

Madison County citizens can expect better and faster service in the event of a medical crisis with the long-awaited addition of a third ambulance crew to the Madison County Emergency Medical Service (EMS).

The Elkins City Council adopted a resolution approving the 2024 city budget during a regularly scheduled council meeting on Dec. 21.

The Huntsville Fire Department has added new firefighters to its roster as 10 probationaries have completed their training, Fire Chief Kevin Shinn said.

The Huntsville City Council on Monday authorized Mayor Travis Dotson to pursue a line of credit in the amount of $580,000 to purchase two pieces of property from Charles Coger and Lois Jean Coger totaling $350,000, of which Dotson said the city will be reimbursed $200,000 by the Huntsville Airport Commission.

Madison County Sheriff Ronnie Boyd, left, and Madison County Judge Larry Garrett meet Tuesday morning in front of the blueprints for the new Madison County Sheriff’s Office and Jail which is located on 19.22 acres behind the Arkansas Department of Transportation off of Highway 412B East.

The Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) Selection Committee of the Huntsville Water Utility will interview two applicants for the CMAR position on Jan. 11. The CMAR will oversee the $32.6 million expansion of the city’s wastewater treatment facility, which is expected to begin in late 2024.

Ground will be broken for the new Madison County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center on Jan. 2, though two packages for the facility have been rebid after none were submitted for the first round of bidding on the project.

The selection committee for the Huntsville Water and Sewer Commission expects next month to choose a construction manager for the $32.6 million expansion of the city’s wastewater treatment facility. The committee met last week to discuss proposals submitted by two Arkansas-based companies seeking the designation of Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) for the project.

The Natural State Advisory Council set a bold agenda for transforming four state parks, hoping Petit Jean State Park becomes a “national climbing destination,” Delta Heritage Trail State Park becomes a “trail town” with a “significant gravel event,” Pinnacle Mountain State Park becomes a destination for a “running, hiking and biking trail along the shoreline” and Queen Wilhelmina State Park becomes a home to a gateway trail concept. 

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