Clay Co. Jail main topic in QC meeting
The condition of the Clay County Jail and what other counties in the same predicament are doing to improve their jails was the main focus of the April Quorum Court meeting. The meeting was held in the Western District Courthouse in Corning with Judge Mike Patterson presiding. After the reading of the previous meeting minutes was suspended, Patterson moved on to new business which was Ordinance 2019-06 to amend the 2018 budgets for clean up. The ordinance was read title-only three times and adopted along with the emergency clause.
Next the JPs approved the motion of Corning resident, Tricia Johnson as the replacement for Christina Conway on the Clay County Library Board, which serves Piggott, Rector and Corning. Conway resigned in January and Johnson’s service on the board will be retroactive.
In other matters that came before the Quorum Court, Judge Patterson updated the panel on the HUD situation stating, “The lady put an ad in the paper trying to get some more people to rent through HUD and she told me today that she’s got like four or five different, new people; that’s one or two’s signed up and one or two or three more’s getting ready to, so that’s good, because there’s some extra money there that needs to be spent.” Patterson was referring to the $120,000 he mentioned during the March meeting that Clay County had available through HUD that wasn’t being used. He told the JPs last month, “If you have a rental property, or know someone who does, or if you know someone who qualifies, have them contact the Clay County Housing Department. If we don't use that money we lose it.”
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