A July 1 date has been set for a public hearing dealing with a public-private partnership between Jefferson County and an Arkansas based corporation to develop a new county health department, coroner’s office and a veterans’ service office.
The hearing will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Jefferson County Courthouse and is mandated by a resolution adopted by the Quorum Court during their meeting Monday which designated the P3 group arrange for funding and building of the new facilities.
The resolution also provides that P3’s compensation will be contingent and payable if and only if the project is fully funded.
At the meeting Monday, a member of the P3 group said the new health department building would be constructed near Jefferson Regional at 42nd Avenue and Hickory Street. A new coroner’s office is planned on property near the juvenile detention center on East 2nd Avenue and the Veterans Service office on county-owned property at 2nd Avenue and State Street.
The total cost of the combined projects was put at $13,216,202.46 which the count would pay back at a rate of $695,474 per year over a 30-year period.
Questions about the hearing or the project should be directed to the County Judge’s Office at 870-541-5360.