Update on Road Conditions:
Due to an excessive amount of rain over the past few weeks Fulton County roads have extensive damage from flooding and wash-outs. We want to advise county residents that Road Department employees are making effort to address these problems.
Due to the sheer volume of damage it will take time to address all these issues. Be advised that efforts being made through this period are basically to repair specific problem areas and then move on to the next one. If you see a grader skipping sections of a road, this is the reason for it or it may be that sections of the road are still too wet.
Once basic repairs to facilitate traffic movement have been made regular grading and maintenance efforts will commence.
Please bear with us as we work to resolve these issues. It is going to be time consuming and expensive, particularly when heavy rains are hitting some of the some areas repeatedly.
Complaints about specific problems may be reported to the Fulton County Judge's office at 870-895-3341 or to the Road Department shop at 870-895-2389.
FULTON COUNTY RANKS HIGH IN BEST PLACES TO RETIRE
Fulton County has ranked 8th among the 75 counties as the best place to retire in Arkansas.
This is according to a survey by Niche, which takes into consideration factors such as cost of living, health care, weather, crime, and recreation. Niche is a company that complies data and produces ranking lists based on a set scoring system designed to measure the appeal of an area for retirement.
Adjoining counties also ranked high, with Baxter 1st in the state, Sharp at 2nd, and Izard at 3rd.
Nationally, Fulton County ranked 118th, Baxter 31st, Sharp 38th, and Izard 46th.
GRANT APPLICATIONS APPROVED
Several grant applications have recently been approved for Fulton County projects.
Two applications for projects for the Fulton County Hospital have been approved, including funds from the U. S. Department of Agriculture Community Facilities Grant Program in the amount of $22,000.00 to be utilized for upgrading the Hospital's phone system and making improvements to the parking lot, and $76,271.00 under the Community Development Block Grant Program for a negative pressure system for certain areas of the Hospital to assist in controlling the spread of Covid-19.
A Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $122,300.00 has been approved for the Salem Senior Citizens Center and will be utilized to upgrade the Meals on Wheels Program and to make certain improvements to the Center's facilities.
Several other projects are currently under consideration for funding using American Rescue Plan Act funds that have been received by Fulton County. However, changes are currently being made to the original legislation that will affect how these funds may be spent. Senate Bill 3011, which provides for the changes, was recently passed by the United States Senate and the bill is awaiting action by the United States House of Representatives at this time.
Changes have been made to Rent Relief Program to expedite process to help tenants avoid evictions...
Changes have recently been made to the Arkansas Rent Relief Program to expedite the distribution of assistance to tenants who are at risk of eviction or who have filed an application that is still pending. Arkansas set aside $173 million in federal funds for this program for people who have lost employment or are struggling financially because of the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Funds may now be paid directly to eligible tenant applicants if a landlord has not submitted the required information. The program previously submitted payments only to the landlord if both the tenant and the landlord submitted all required information.
Funding is available to those who meet the following criteria: (1) Someone in the household qualifies for unemployment benefits, or (2) Household income decreased during the Pandemic, or (3) Someone in the household suffered significant financial hardship due to the Pandemic, or (4) Meet income eligibility based on the residing county and number of people in the household.
These funds may cover past due rent, future rent, and certain utilities. Payment assistance may be used for up to 15 months of rent and utilities from the period of April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2021.
Those who are unsure if they qualify are encouraged to apply.
Additional information may be obtained from the Department of Human Services or by accessing the following website - https://human services.arkansas.gov/covid-19/dhs and clicking on Rental Assistance Arkansas Department of Human Services.