Entries by Cozetta Jones

Emergency Rental Assistance Funds Projected to be Disbursed by November, Begins Transition to State Program

Pulaski County has closed applications for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program. The county has disbursed approximately 60 percent of its ERAP funds to rent and utility assistance to households; the remaining funds are obligated to pending applicants. Pulaski County is working with the Arkansas Department of Human Services to transition completed applications to their program […]

County Nears 90 Percent Solar Power with Public Service Commission Approval

The Arkansas Public Service Commission approved Pulaski County’s application to build a net-metering facility in excess of 1,000 kilowatts. The approval was made possible through the Arkansas Renewable Energy Development Act of 2001. “We are very excited to move forward with our solar project. We’ve been working diligently for the past six years to see […]

County Judge’s COVID-19 Executive Order Updated Through Oct. 3

From the executive order: The pandemic novel virus COVID-19 has continued its spread across the nation, including Arkansas and Pulaski  County, and while numbers fell significantly this spring, the Delta variant of COVID-19 has resulted in the exponential growth of the number of confirmed positive cases. Hospitals across the south are at or near capacity, […]

County Program Aims to Address Mental Health Challenges in Families and Educators

“Mental Health Heroes” Assists Those Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic Pulaski County (September 1, 2021) – From our oldest to youngest, Arkansans have been affected by the pandemic in ways that have changed lives forever. Since March 2020, Pulaski County has recorded the most cases, deaths and hospitalizations. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention research […]

County JP Re-Appointed to NACo Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee

Pulaski County Justice of the Peace Paul Elliot, District 14, was recently reappointed as a Law Enforcement Subcommittee Vice Chair on the Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee by the National Association of Counties (NACO). In his role as vice-chair, he will guide the steering committee in its focus on criminal justice and public safety […]

County Housing Agency Contracts with Vendor to Process ERA Applications

Since March 2021, the Pulaski County Housing Agency has disbursed approximately $2.5 million in emergency rental assistance funds to landlords on behalf of tenants who are several months behind on their rent. However, seeing the need was much more significant than staffing capacity, the county signed an agreement with AG Witt, LLC to process emergency […]

County Steps Closer to Southwest Trail Construction

After the Environmental Assessment was approved for the Southwest Trail in November 2020, the design team at Garver USA initiated a corridor topographic and right-of-way survey, along with preliminary engineering. Surveying is now complete, and the preliminary design for the trail is well underway for the 4.25-miles of Pulaski County-owned right-of-way, beginning at Hilaro Springs […]

Pulaski County Joins Lawsuit Challenging Act 1002

Pulaski County Judge Barry Hyde and Pulaski County Sheriff Eric Higgins filed a motion to join as plaintiffs, challenging the constitutionality of Act 1002. Hyde and Higgins requested to join Pulaski County parents Veronica McClane and Ashley Simmons, represented by Rogers attorney Tom Mars. Pulaski County Attorney Adam Fogleman will represent the County Judge and […]