The Lawrence County Quorum Court approved essential worker pay for county employees who were not part of the county’s furlough from March through August.

The court authorized the funding at its Dec. 14 meeting and voted to make the payments from the reimbursement funds the county received as part of the CARES Act. Full-time employees will receive $1,000 and part-time employees will receive $500. Justice Ron Ingram was the only dissenting vote.

Justices also approved an ordinance to transfer funds from the CARES Act Fund to reimburse the County General Fund for the portion of end-of-year bonuses paid by county general. The vote was unanimous.

In other business:

Justices appropriated $10,934.53 to the Sheriff’s Drug Control Fund from a check received from the Third Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney’s Office from the auction of a seized vehicle.

Budget Committee Chair Junior Briner gave an update on the budget.

County Judge John Thomison reported that the paperwork for the building the county is purchasing on Main Street in Walnut Ridge has been sent to the bank.

It was decided that because of the pandemic, justices will be sworn in prior to the first meeting of the new year instead of on New Year’s Eve.

Justices appropriated $812.12 for a reimbursement from Ally to the Sheriff’s Department budget for overpayment on a leased vehicle.

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