Quorum Court Comittees approves recommendation of $2.1m for water and sewer projects


When committees of the Jefferson County Quorum Court met Tuesday, one of the ordinances that were recommended for approval will benefit three communities in the county.

That ordinance would transfer $2.1 million from the American Recovery Plan to a Municipal Special Projects Construction Fund for water and sewer projects in Altheimer, Humphrey, and Redfield.

After the meeting, County Judge Gerald Robinson talked about the legislation.

Each of the three cities will receive $700,000. The ordinance provides that the fund may be sued for government services including projects that would be eligible under use categories such as the EPA’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund or the EPA’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.

Altheimer Mayor Zola Hudson said in a letter to Robinson that the funds are needed to replace the city’s existing water tank which was built in 1925 and “has significant deficiencies.”

Also recommended for approval was an ordinance appropriating $36,889 from the county reserve to the circuit courts to purchase new recording equipment for five divisions of the circuit court.

Circuit Judge Rob Wyatt, who is the administrative judge for the district said in a letter that the current equipment used is approximately 14 years old and “is beginning to show its age, causing one division of the court to use a ‘back up unit.’”