The Madison County Quorum Court’s budget committee discussed giving potential raises to county employees at its meeting last week. County Judge Larry Garrett said the county is about $2 million under budget and recommended giving raises with at least some of the extra money.

Party filing for all Democratic and Republican offices (including nonpartisan filings) ended at noon on Tuesday.

Though the fund is not required by law to be repaid, a majority of Madison County justices of the peace voted on Nov. 6 to require the Solid Waste and Recycling Department to replenish Local Assistance and Tribal Consistency Fund (LATC) in the amount of $123,355 in order to secure the purchase of a new roll-off truck for the department.

Party filing for all Democratic and Republican offices (including nonpartisan filing) begins at noon on Nov. 6 and ends at noon on Nov. 14. The nonpartisan filing period will end at 3 p.m. on those dates.

The issue of a new roll-off truck for the Madison County Solid Waste & Recycling Department remains unresolved and could come before the quorum court again at its November meeting, County Judge Larry Garrett said.

Madison County is on track for the new sheriff’s office and detention center, with a round of rebidding set for Nov. 15, Jason Roberts, project manager for Smith-Doyle Contractors, Inc., said.

The Huntsville Water Utilities Commission entered into a contract on Oct. 19 with Denali Water Solutions LLC to accept any Class B sludge produced by the city’s new wastewater treatment plant.

The Huntsville City Council worked through a lengthy agenda in its regular meeting Monday night, hearing the first reading of an ordinance fixing higher water and sewer rates beginning in 2024 and hearing from Madison County’s Department of Emergency Management coordinator on a once-in-a-lifetime total eclipse that will occur in April 2024.

The Huntsville Water Commission held a public hearing Monday night to answer any questions regarding higher water and sewer rates that will be phased in January and continuing through 2026. No citizens attended the hearing, nor did members of the Huntsville City Council. 

A coalition floating the idea of making federal lands near the Buffalo National River a national park preserve says the designation would make the area the “most active-use National Park in the country for outdoor recreation.”

Kristin Jones, owner of the Eagles Nest, appeared before the Huntsville Planning Commission Monday night during a regularly scheduled meeting, which lasted eight minutes.

After an outcry by legislators and county fair volunteers upset with funding cuts, the state allotted additional funds last week, providing county fairs throughout the state with funds equivalent to last year. 

The City of Huntsville is “executing a demeanor of patience” toward the company responsible for the delay of delivery of a new fire engine purchased in 2021, said Mayor Travis Dotson.

Madison County Judge Larry Garrett informed the quorum court Monday night that bonds for the jail project will be sold on Oct. 31 and he will be ready to sign contracts on Nov. 1.

In an attempt to prevent Madison County from becoming home to digital asset mining, Madison County Quorum Court passed an emergency noise ordinance at its July meeting. 

Huntsville Police Chief Todd Thomas informed the city council Monday night that Officer Charles “Chuck” Melton has been hired as the new school resource officer for the Huntsville School District.

Sen. Bryan King, R- Green Forest, hosted a discussion Friday with Tyson Foods, Inc., growers in Carroll County to hear their concerns about production contracts with the poultry company being terminated as of last week.

Madison County Judge Larry Garrett spoke as a special guest before the Huntsville City Council Monday night on the possibility of the city waiving building permit fees for the new county jail.

The Huntsville Planning Commission had a brief discussion last week about the city possibly giving financial breaks to Madison County when it comes to building permits for the new jail.

Elkins City Clerk Delia Foster submitted her resignation and the Elkins City Council appointed Teresa Graves to fill her position for the next two years, according to Mayor Troy Reed. 

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