The growth of residential development in the unincorporated area of ââGarland County has underscored the need for codes regulating drainage and setbacks.
Having a civil engineer on staff would help the county establish and enforce regulations, County Judge Darryl Mahoney said.
“If we hire an engineer, that can also point us towards getting regulations in the future on drainage, setbacks, things like that,” he told the human resources committee of the company last month. Garland County Quorum Court. âWe have a ton of new subdivisions and new developments on my desk. I’m trying to go through them and look at the drainage.
âCurrently, storm water regulates the quality of the water leaving the property. We have to be able to regulate the amount, because we have several places in the county where someone is building a house and a man has land right next to it. a pipe over there and dump all their water in there. We need some sort of drainage regulation. “
The committee created a civil engineering position to help the county solve drainage, stormwater and road issues, setting a salary range of $ 71,967 to $ 107,951 based on the job evaluation system it the county uses to determine the pay scales.
Mahoney asked for a salary of $ 73,477 for the position and consulted B&F Engineering, the local company that provides most of the county’s engineering services, about the job description presented to the committee.
“I don’t know if we can hire someone with that, but that’s where we have to start,” he told the committee. âWe’re going to look for someone who has just graduated from school or someone who is close to retirement and who wants to slow down a bit. It will be paid from the road fund. This is a position that we have needed for a long time. We just haven’t been able to fund it. “
Mahoney said the density of development in the unincorporated area has also become an issue, an issue set to get deeper with the town of Hot Springs lifting restrictions on water and water hook-ups and extensions. waste in the unincorporated area earlier this year.
An area up to 1 mile beyond the city limits is subject to the city’s subdivision code, which regulates drainage, landscaping, and distances between building lines and property lines. The city’s subdivision code does not extend beyond its extraterritorial jurisdiction.
âAt some point we will have to consider some kind of retreat from the property lines because around the lake in particular they squeeze in the houses that are pretty tight and that could be a public safety issue,â Mahoney said. to the Committee.
Mahoney said a civil engineer would help the county respond more quickly to issues with its rights of way.
“(The engineer) could identify the problems with the roads and tell us how to fix them properly,” he told the committee. âWe are hiring (the Arkansas Department of Transportation) to do all of our bridge inspections, and we will continue to do so. Anyone we hire can take the report and specify what we need to do to make this bridge structure correct. insufficient that we need to be able to deal with it. “
The Human Resources Committee has no appropriate authority. Funding requests for new positions are presented to the Finance Committee, which decides whether the requests advance for consideration by the court in full quorum.
Cedar Glades landfill “sets records” for Class 1 and 4 waste it receives from the public, Mahoney told the committee, prompting more workers to separate the two classes and continue recycling efforts County.
Landfill transfer station workers do not separate recyclables mixed with household garbage or Class 1 waste, the county contract carrier collects over 20,000 residential and business accounts in the unincorporated area. The landfill is a passage for this waste, taking what the transporter collects to the Saline County regional solid waste landfill in Bauxite.
Workers separate recyclables that the public takes to the landfill. Their work was recently recognized by the Arkansas Recycling Coalition, which bestowed its Government Recycler of the Year award on the county. The two new maneuvering positions requested by Mahoney will help to continue this effort.
âRecycling has increased by 30% in five years,â said Billy Sawyer, director of environmental services, in a letter to the human resources committee. âWe are invaded by cardboard and plastics 1 and 2. We plan in the near future to start recycling more than 3, 4 and 5. This will save our landfill air space and improve our results.
âWe believe that the funding of the two new worker positions is justified given the trends we have observed over the past five years.
If the quorum tribunal decides to fund the new positions, they will join the more than 40 positions budgeted in the solid waste fund financed by sales tax.