The Clark County Quorum Court agreed Monday to accept the City of Arkadelphia’s counteroffer to purchase the National Guard Armory.

The Clark County Quorum Court agreed Monday to accept the City of Arkadelphia’s counteroffer to purchase the National Guard Armory.
During the April 18 meeting of the Arkadelphia City Board of Directors, the board learned that the Quorum Court had made an offer of $75,000 to purchase the armory from the City of Arkadelphia.The offer would be contingent upon Clark County being able to repair the damaged roof for $100,000 or less.
Ward 5 Director Jason Jones noted the lengthy negotiation process that had transpired between the county and the city for the National Guard Armory.
Jones made a motion for a counteroffer of $125,000 as is with no contingencies. Also included in Jones’ motion was a recommendation for the city to pursue other means necessary to sale the property, should the county not accepted the city’s counteroffer.
According to Acting City Manager Brenda Gills, the building was appraised at $384,000 a few years ago.
The William H. Tweedle Armory currently houses a state police office, drug task force office, a motor pool, a kitchen utilized by the jail, and a functional gun range.
The purchase of the building and repairs to the roof will be paid for through remaining revenue in the county’s Jail Improvement Fund.
Other items addressed:
• Justices approved an increase in the jail administrator’s salary.
Effective immediately, the jail administrator’s annual salary was increased from $25,000 to $29,000.
The recommendation came from the Quorum Court’s Personnel Committee.
• Justices approved a recommendation from the Quorum Court’s Budget Committee to increase the District Court Clerk’s salary to $35,000 a year. The increase will go into effect on Aug. 11.
• The county’s sanitation department will receive two new sanitation trucks, pending the approval of a lease agreement.
• Justices had the first reading of an ordinance pertaining to the county assessor’s late fee fund.