Commissioners Dave Parr, Daryl Andrews and Charlie Brown and County Attorney Eric Somheil and County Auditor Joe Dierdorf were present for Tuesday's meeting. The County Commissioners schedule their public meetings during the first Monday of each month in the Commissioners Court on the first floor of the Clay County Courthouse at 9 a.m.
- Trans-Care update and new contract
A dedicated frequency for Trans-Care Ambulance Service is closer to being a reality according to Emergency Management Director Bryan Husband. Necessary paperwork to correct a previous mistake in placement of the frequency should be completed within the next couple of months, said Husband.
An official from Trans-Care updated the commissioners as to the progress the company has had in the county since taking over the contract to provide paramedic ambulance care for the residents in January of this year, and presented for approval a new contract extension.
The four-year extension includes a commitment by Trans-Care to continue investing in the community through the purchase of new equipment, the addition of qualified staff and the education of more First Responders. The Commissioners unanimously accepted and signed the contract extension with Trans-Care Ambulance Service. The contract will be up for renewal in December 2009.
- Shelter Contract Renewed
Commissioners extended the Clay County Humane Shelter's contract to Dec. 31, 2005. Options for streamlining the process of enforcing fines, dog taxes and having a dog neutered/spayed when a pet owner claims their impounded animal at the shelter will be announced by Commissioners at a future meeting.
- New Off-Road Vehicle Ordinance
In an effort to control the misuse of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), while allowing farmers and hunters legal access to county roads, the Commissioners passed the first reading of Ordinance No. 2005-8. The new ordinance will allow only those individuals with a valid driver's license and proof of insurance to operate an ATV that has been registered with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) while wearing a helmet and carrying no passengers on a county road for the purpose of agricultural and utility work purposes or while hunting or fishing with proper licenseing.
- License Branch Closure
Resolution No. 01-05 was drafted by the request of the Commissioners as a way to let Gov. Mitch Daniels and Commissioner Joe. L. Silverman know of their concerns about the impending closure of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles office in Clay City this fall. With the local community large enough to support the office, the Commissioners believed that the closure would create unwarranted hardships for citizens of southern Clay, Vigo and Owen counties. Written by Eric Somheil, the ordinance was passed then signed by all three commissioners, with Daryl Andrews abstaining from the vote because of conflict of interest.
- New Jail Phone Systems
With the future prospect of linking the phone systems of the court house with that of the jail, the company providing the most economical plan allowing for future innovations and the potential for updated technology without replacing current hardware was awarded the telephone contract for the new facility.
Matrix Integrations was awarded the contract to provide telephone service for the administrative offices of the new jail, while Inmate Calling Solutions was awarded the contract for the inmate phone services at the new jail.