The Jefferson County Quorum Court met in a special called meeting Monday night to approve funds for the Sheriff’s Office, Juvenile Justice Department, and County road department.

The Justices unanimously passed an appropriation of $22,955 out of the county general fund to fund the Sheriff’s Office for the remainder of 2022. Sheriff Lafayette Woods, Jr. spoke with Deltaplex News to discuss what those funds will be used for.

The Justices also approved $20,125 for the Juvenile Justice Department that will help fund the Juvenile Justice Education fund.

Additionally, the Justices approved $3 Million to help pay for a track and soccer complex at UAPB. The outdoor track and soccer complex will be the first in the history of the institution and despite not having its own track, student athletes have excelled in track and field events for a number of years.

A memorandum of understanding between the county and UAPB provides that in the event of a pandemic, natural disaster or other emergency, the project may be used for an emergency response. It also provides that UAPB will develop policies that allow the general public to use the facilities at reasonable times for health and recreational purposes.

County Judge Gerald Robinson spoke about the money that was approved on Monday night.

The county entered into a similar agreement with Southeast Arkansas College earlier this year, putting up $3 million to help fund a student center and campus housing.

*Ray King also contributed to this report.