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Sheriff discusses jail’s woes

The Aug. 15 meeting of the Lonoke County Quorum Court began with a somber note as justices-of-the-peace remembered district 8 justice of the peach Charles Evans.

Evans died Aug. 3; his funeral was held Aug. 6.

Lonoke County Judge Doug Erwin and Justices of the Peace Brent Canon, Mike Dolan, Henry Lang, Tim Lemons, Lee Linville, Roger Lynch, Larry Odom, Bill Ryker, Matt Sanders, Darrin Waymack and Barry Weathers attended the meeting.

Ryker told of discussion and a presentation at the meeting ot the aerial imaging committee.

Canon told of the meeting of the public service committee held prior to the quorum court meeting.

Resolution declaring a vacancy in district 8. The resolution will be sent to the governor’s office for appointment of someone to succeed Evans.

Sheriff John Staley told of a developing problem in the jail complex stemming from faulty workmanship.

“This has been a problem from day one,” Staley said. Apparently service lines for the dispatch center air conditioning had not be properly installed, and are failing.

The lines, installed in the floor, have developed leaks, causing the air conditioning to fail. “We would call them out and they would recharge the system and that was it,” Staley said after the meeting.

“Now that it is out of warranty, well, now it is something that has to be repaired” he said. “They were putting band aids on something that should have been stitched up,” he said.

“This is something that should have been caught before,” Staley said. The air conditioners are residential units … we are constantly trying to fix them,” he said.

A request to the architect for an explanation, on how best to use the system, is being drafted, Staley said.

The problem is pvc pipes that were not connected, that are underlying the sallyport floor, Staley said.

While the funds are needed to make repairs, “I think the architects and people who put it in are ultimately responsible,” Staley said.

Staley was also given the go-ahead to begin purchase of a new transport van. He said the cost is expected to be $29,860. The van is about $24,000, but the added security features cost about $6,000, he said.

The actual purchase ordinance would not be completed until the September quorum court meeting. Staley said if he began the process immediately, the van still would not be available for about a month.

Evans, of Ward, took office as District 8 justice of the peace on Jan. 1, 2013. He had previously served as JP in the late 90s.

Evans was one of the founding members of the Central Arkansas Horse Show Association; president of the Cabot Riding Club; a member of the Arkansas State Fair Board; and was president of the Lonoke County Fair Association for 13 years.

He owned Evans Construction for 35 years and with Nancy, his wife, founded Evans Nursery in 1995.

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