Hempstead County Quorum Court Meets

By Staff, 02/22/18 7:01 PM


The Hempstead County Quorum Court met Thursday February 22nd for their regular monthly meeting. First on the agenda was an ordinance to return $10,000 to the Cooperative Extension Service budget. The JPs took the money from the budget before passing the 2018 budget in December. The JPs had removed the money after former agent Steven Sheets was terminated from the Extension Service. No comments were made.
JP David Clayton suggested the Quorum Court take a comprehensive look at County handbooks with an eye towards standardizing County personnel policies.
The county’s current cash on hand was discussed. JP Lynn Montgomery noted the county might need to move some money around from other accounts. Treasurer Judy Lee Flowers said the county should be OK if we don’t get hit with any large bills. Montgomery suggested the Quorum Court schedule a special meeting if needed.
JP Cherry Stewart gave a report on the Bicentennial Committee and lauded such local efforts as the Rotary Centennial Celebration with Mike Huckabee, the program will Doris Pryor at Hempstead Hall, and Mack McLarty’s upcoming appearance. She also mentioned the Arts Council’s photo exhibit on the history of the county. JP Lynn Montgomery noted the county also produced Dr. Roscoe Smith and Judge LaVenski Smith.
Former County Clerk Sandra Rodgers and Sylvia Brown spoke in support of the Cooperative Extension Service. Rodgers in particular mentioned the work Lacey Jo Singleton does with 4-H. Brown lauded the Cooperative Extension’s work with the Hope Downtown Network. The meeting then adjourned.