Drew County Judge’s report
The towers that will hold the severe weather warning sirens are being erected throughout the county as we speak. We have had a few problems, but are trying to work them all out. The locations for the sirens were determined through use of a computer model, and they are being put in places where they will serve the most citizens.
Last Monday, I spent most of the morning riding the roads in the northeast part of the county, all the way to the Desha County line. I checked out several trouble spots that need attention and materials. Tuesday, I was in the office doing paperwork. That evening, I rode in the Christmas parade with Monticello Mayor Joe Rogers. It was a nice event, with a good turnout.
Wednesday was the regular monthly Monticello Economic Development Commission meeting. It was reported there that our county sales tax revenues were down from the previous month by approximately $15,000. We hope this isn’t a trend. Christmas season is here and I want to remind everyone to shop locally because we do see the effects of hometown shopping.
Thursday, I worked in the office and went to the doctor for a post-surgery checkup. On that subject, I’ve had several people ask if I am sick because I have lost some weight. I am fine, and have lost 40 pounds over the past several months by eating healthier, cutting back on the junk food, and getting more exercise.
Friday, I traveled to Little Rock to attend Association of Arkansas Counties-sponsored meetings for newly-elected officials from around the state.
The Santa Train will be making a stop at the mini-park just north of the courthouse this Saturday, December 13, at 11:30 a.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in attendance to visit with the kids, and there will be free hot dogs, hot chocolate and games, as well as drawings for prizes. Everyone is invited to attend.
<strong>Road Department Activity</strong>
Monday - Gravel was hauled to and spread on Loggy Bayou Road. The paved portion of Four Mile Creek Road was patched, and the gravel portion was double-bladed. Dollar Hill Road and Dollar Hill Lane were also patched. The pea machine was moved to East Mt. Zion Road. Leaves were hauled away from the courthouse lawn and signs were put up in various places. Limbs were cut on Loafers Lane and South 16th Section Road.
Tuesday - SB2 was hauled to and spread on Florence Road. Bowser, Old Warren, South