Regular meeting of the Washington County Quorum Court met 11/16/23. Watch the meeting here: https://www.youtube.com/user/washcoar
Approved $4.8 Million American Rescue Plan Act dollars to partially fund the Emergency Operations Center. At an estimated cost of $8.2, the remainder will have to come from savings. I voted for this, but I’m extremely worried about whether or not it is a good decision.
I asked the court to reduce the $4.8 million for the EOC by only $500K and use that money for justice reforms like pretrial services, expanding drug court and other diversionary programs. Unfortunately, my motion failed. The following JPs voted NO!! To justice reforms: District 1 Coleman Taylor; District 2 David Wilson; District 3 Sean Simons; District 5 Kyle Lyons; District 6 Lisa Ecke; District 7 Charles Dean; District 10 Robert Dennis; District 13 Willie Leming; District 14 Gary Ricker; District 15 Butch Pond.
Approved 2024 budget for Washington County $112 Million Dollars.
Thank you to the community members who came and spoke during public comment time. This is so important. All speakers spoke in favor of funding justice reforms and reinstating the Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee.
There’s only one meeting this week (at least that’s posted on the county website) and the courthouse is closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving.
WC ELECTION COMMISSION meets 11/21/23 9:00 o’clock a.m. 2615 Brink Drive, Fayetteville (County Road Department) Meeting in person only live-streamed here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpX-GrzfCvEF0PszfEr6V3Q