The 94th General Assembly got underway last week in Little Rock.

The Elkins City Council in a special session last week approved the 2023 budget, after a vote last month was tabled over the salary of new Mayor Troy Reed.

The Madison County Quorum Court held a mock meeting last Friday, with seven new justices of the peace taking their places on the court.

The Huntsville City Council on Monday approved the 2023 budget, and Mayor Travis Dotson swore in numerous people to serve on city commissions.

The $16,063,002.85 Madison County budget for 2023 includes a 5% cost-of-living adjustment for most employees, according to former County Clerk Tamitha Blocker.

Numerous municipal and county officials were sworn into office early Sunday by Madison County District Judge Dale Ramsey. The ceremony was held in the Madison County Courthouse on the first day of the new year.

A reception was held Friday for Madison County officials and employees who are retiring at the end of this year.

ST. PAUL – Things in the town of St. Paul will look a little different after several key pieces of town business were discussed at the last town council meeting of 2022. Topics included passing the 2023 budget, winning the largest grant in town history, popular events returning, and saying farewell to the mayor and a city council member. 

The Elkins City Council tabled voting on the 2023 budget after one member requested information about the salary for incoming Mayor Troy Reed.

The Madison County Quorum Court on Monday approved a budget for 2023 and bid farewell to Madison County Judge Frank Weaver, several justices of the peace and other county officials.

The Huntsville City Council on Monday heard a farewell from Mayor Darrell Trahan who served at his final meeting after 16 years with the city.

The Huntsville Planning Commission on Monday approved a request from Madison County Funeral Home for an off-site crematory at 504 E. Main St., in a building owned by Madison County Coroner Doug Rabold, who also owns the funeral home.

Elkins City Council members got their first look last week at the proposed 2023 budget for the city.

The Madison County Quorum Court on Monday approved a resolution to move forward with the building of a jail after voters on Nov. 8 approved a sales and use tax to fund construction bonds.

The St. Paul Town Council started preliminary budget discussions and chose two new council members during the Nov. 8 Town Council meeting. 

Voters throughout Madison County, including those in the City of Huntsville, approved an ordinance to build a county jail, but voted against an ordinance to maintain and operate the facility during the Nov. 8 General Election, according to the Madison County Clerk’s Office.

The Huntsville City Council on Monday approved the sale of the Basham building for an exotic car tour business, museum and special events facility.

Madison County voters approved a half-cent sales and use tax to build a jail, but voted against a 1.25% tax to maintain and operate the facility, according to unofficial results from Tuesday’s General Election.

Madison County voters on Tuesday will be asked to approve two ordinances for a new jail, and will help elect local, state and national leaders.

How to best enforce the new pet ordinance in St. Paul continues to be an issue for the St. Paul Town Council, which discussed the matter during its monthly meeting Oct. 11. 

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