Members of the Clark County Quorum Court unanimously approved a request during their Monday meeting for funding to repair the air conditioner unit in the Clark County Detention Center.

Members of the Clark County Quorum Court unanimously approved a request during their Monday meeting for funding to repair the air conditioner unit in the Clark County Detention Center.
According to Chief Deputy Sheriff Raymond Funderburk, he found a compressor for $6,000. With an estimated cost of $12,000 to repair the unit, the total estimate is approximately $18,000.
In addition, Funderburk said another air conditioning unit in the office of the detention center went down Monday morning.
Since he has been with the county, Funderburk said this will be the fourth compressor that has been replaced in the unit itself. The units have been in use since the mid-1980s.
Funderburk noted the inmates have been housed in other facilities while the units have been out of commission.
“It is costing me about $1,000 a day to keep the inmates somewhere else,” said Funderburk.
According to Justice Tom Calhoon, the Quorum Court’s budget committee recently reviewed the matter, and made a recommendation to allow Clark County Judge Troy Tucker to spend up to $25,000 total, but not with one vendor, to repair the air conditioners currently in place at the jail. The funds will come from the county’s jail construction fund.
In addition, justices approved funding up to $5,500 from the jail construction fund to replace a water heater at the jail.
Other items:
• Justices approved a resolution authorizing the adoption and the implementation of new voting equipment in Clark County.
According to Clark County Clerk Rhonda Cole, the Secretary of State’s Office has purchased equipment from ES&S and will provide Clark County the new equipment so that it can be used in the November 2018 General Election. The cost for Clark County will be $3,875. The county’s current equipment in use will revert back to the state to be traded in towards the purchase price of the new equipment.
Justice Albert Neal presented a concern regarding the use of the new voting machines at locations that do not have access to WiFi.
Cole said the Trinity polling location, which covers Hollywood, Okolona city and west Clark County, is the only location being look at due to WiFi accessibility.
“They’ve looked at the First United Methodist Church in Hollywood or First Baptist Church in Hollywood,” Cole explained.
If the locations do not have WiFi, Cole said the election commission would have to purchase a router and booster for the Trinity location.
Cole said the polling location was originally at Okolona City Hall, but was moved to the Trinity location to make it a more neutral location for all of the voters in the area.
“Okolona City Hall definitely has it (WiFi), and it could be moved back to there or to the Okolona Community Building,” Cole said.
According to location, the county is consolidating from 14 polling locations to nine locations.
“What that does is allows that voter in Clark County to go to any one of those nine polling locations,” said Cole.
• Justices had the first reading of an ordinance to amend an ordinance pertaining to the county’s budget for 2018.