The Benton County Commission met on Monday night for their regular monthly business session. The agenda called for an appointment to the E911 Board but it was postponed to a later meeting. County Mayor Barry Barnett had recommended that Sam Long be re-appointed to the Board of Public Utilities but that motion failed and will be taken up at next months meeting.
A resolution to declare surplus property for the Benton County Library was approved. A resolution to approve the County Hazard Mitigation Plan was approved. A resolution to forgive back pay for County Employees Health Insurance and to adopt a policy for county employee’s health insurance under the Affordable Healthcare Act was withdrawn. Resolutions were approved to appropriate funds for court ordered property tax refunds for Red Oak Apartments and Sunrise Village Apartments and to appropriate funds for the County Medical Investigator and Medical Examiner.
The meeting was then recessed for about an hour while the commission met with attorneys to discuss back pay for the Sheriff’s Department Employees. After re-convening, a motion was made and approved to make an offer to the employees to forgive back pay for Sheriff’s Civil Service Employees if they would agree not to appeal the decision and pay all court costs. The meeting was then adjourned. The next meeting will be on August 19th.