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Keeping the voting to themselves

Friday, July 6, 2007

CLAY CITY -- It's always been the town's decision and on Thursday, the Clay City Town Board kept it that way.

By a 2-0 vote, the town board voted to adopt Resolution 2007-1, a mandate for the town to keep its town election.

"My thing is, what is the difference whether the county ran the election or the town," board president Tammy Wilson said, "because the town has always ran its election."

Wilson said town board members found out just last week that it needed to set up a resolution to maintain a town election after receiving a copy of the Indiana State Town Election Guidebook, provided by Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita's office.

The guidebook stated that as of 2004, a town council had to adopt a resolution providing that the town would administer an election before a town could conduct an election. The resolution, according to the guidebook, had to be adopted between Jan. 1, 2007 and Aug. 8, 2007 and had to be filed with the county circuit court clerk before Aug. 21.

The guidebook also stated that if a town council did not adopt a resolution by the state deadline, the county election board automatically would conduct the election for the town.

The resolutions also expire at the conclusion of the year.

The new resolution states that the town "desires to conduct the municipal election for Clay City rather than the Clay County Election Board."

Through the resolution, the town established a town election board agreed to through Indiana Code, saying that the town chairman of each major political party appointed under Indiana Code and the town clerk/treasurer.

Wilson read aloud the resolution to the handful of town residents at Thursday's meeting. Following the reading, board member Roy Chenoweth motioned to accept the resolution with Wilson giving the second. Board member Ron Travis did not attend the meeting.

"I figured the best government is local government," Chenoweth said following the vote.

Wilson said the town had always ran its own election and the board wanted to maintain status quo.

"We wanted to keep it that way," she said.

Wilson said the deadline to apply for office as a Democrat or Republican is Aug. 1.

Meanwhile, board members heard an update from Midwestern Engineers representatives regarding the town's ongoing sewer project.

"There's still a lot of things that need to be done, but it's coming along," Midwestern Engineer representative John Wetzel said. "It's been grinding on."

Wilson said the town's sewer project has been under construction since January, but plans have been in the works for a few years.

The board also approved a measure to pay Midwestern $15,959.60 and Small-Wilson, which is also working on the project, $462,695.15.

In other business, the board:

* Agreed to work on a list of town streets that need to be paved this year. The town learned from clerk/treasurer Denetta Hane that Bloomington-based Rogers Group had already submitted a bid to pave streets, but the board agreed to continue soliciting bids and narrow a selection of streets to be paid.

* Received an update regarding police logs from Clay City's Police Dept. The department, according to the log, dealt with 19 criminal investigations in June while also issuing 17 traffic warnings and 13 traffic citations. In addition, the department dealt with five domestic disturbances and five criminal arrests as well as eight civil complaints, four traffic arrests and nine juvenile incidents, among other infractions.

The town board meets regularly on the first Thursday of each month at Town Hall. Its next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., Aug. 2.

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