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Hydroelectric project, I-57 resolution on tap for Monday’s Independence County Quorum Court meet

A resolution supporting the I-57 expansion and approval of a 2017-2018 audit of the Independence County White River Hydroelectric Project are both on the agenda for Monday night’s Independence County Quorum Court meeting.

Following a recent, similar move by the city of Batesville, justices will look to approve a resolution that states, “The Independence County Quorum Court fully supports and recognizes the importance of ongoing efforts to expand Interstate 57.”

Last year, state officials recognized a corridor of U.S. Highway 67 as “Future Interstate 57.” The corridor, which stretches 120 miles between North Little Rock and Walnut Ridge, will provide a direct connection between Chicago, Ill. and Little Rock. The designation of I-57 is expected to encourage economic growth in northeast Arkansas.

The approval of a 2017-2018 audit of the county’s White River Hydroelectric Project is also on the court’s slate. The audit — conducted by Welch, Couch & Company, PA — shows the project reporting an operating income of $237,666 in 2018 with a net loss of just over $2 million. In 2017, the project reported an operating income of $653,917 and a net loss of over $1.5 million.

The Independence County Quorum Court will meet at 6 p.m., June 10, at the Jess B. Carpenter Building, 368 E. Main St. in downtown Batesville.

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