Briley Ditch reared its ugly head again during the Clay County Council meeting Monday. The county highway department had requested an additional $80,000 for work done and work to be done on the ditch.
An estimated $52,000 is required to settle outstanding bills, while the remainder will be used for upcoming bills for the ditch.
"It looks like a terrible waste to me, but it's what they (Indiana Department of Environmental Management and the Environmental Protection Agency) said we had to do," said Ron Chamberlain, county highway supervisor. "(And) the EPA wanted to know why it took so long to get started on the ditch."
Chamberlain went on to say the reason for the delay was a lot of paperwork that had to be completed before they could begin reconstruction.
The county had cleaned out about a mile of the ditch, located near Briley Chapel in Lewis Township. However, the work was not completed according to permits issued by IDEM.
Clay County has spent over $250,000 since 1998 on the project, much of that amount in attorney fees.
Work still planned for Briley Ditch includes surveying the spoils to determine the amount of damage done to wetlands and the planting of trees that were ordered in September/October and should arrive early next year.
The council unanimously approved Chamberlain's request.
In other business, the Council:
- Approved the transfer of more than $66,000 to keep county offices operating until the end of the year. Some of the transfers were for the sheriff's office for overtime and holiday pay, additional money for part time jailers and overtime for those jailers, part time dispatchers for 9-1-1 and overtime for those dispatchers as well as money for the courthouse heating and air conditioning system.
Other money transfers were for health insurance for E-9-1-1, health office, prosecutors office, coroner's office, circuit court and petit jury.
- Approved a resolution designating the use of riverboat revenue sharing and cigarette tax money paid to the county. It was recommended that the money be diverted to the Clay County General Fund.
- Approved ordinance 10-2002, which sets the maximum salaries of Clay County employees for the year 2003.
It was the last meeting of current terms for John Ringo, Jim Middledorf and Richard Burger, the outgoing council members. They served a combined total of 64 years of service on the Clay County Council.