Almost 200 county residents, members and local and state officials gathered recently for the annual dinner and board meeting of the Clay County Farm Bureau, Inc. to discuss issues of concern to the county and the state.
President Jack Knust announced a meeting on Sept. 27 to discuss the impending Clay City License Branch closure. The meeting will take place at the Clay City High School at 7 p.m.
New jail project
Marvin Schopmeyer moderated a session where County Commissioner Charlie Brown, Sheriff Mike Heaton and County Councilman Les Harding answered audience questions concerning the new jail project.
Commissioner Brown announced that frugal spending efforts by those involved in the project have paid off to the savings of $300,000, and that the project will come in under budget.
Sheriff Heaton answered questions regarding how the jail will function once opened, while Councilman Harding made no apologies for the price of new jail, but imparted a bit of humor to answer questions about the construction.
"How do you build a pole barn secure enough to hold prisoners? We used stone and concrete to keep them in, and it looks nice," he said.
What time will it be?
Jon Nicoson brought forth concerns that the group had not taken a position on the issue of what time zone the county should be on.
Many members in the crowd agreed, but concerned at the confusion surrounding the implication of different time zones within the state.
Upon questioning Commissioners Brown and Daryl Andrews and State Representative Vern Tincher if they felt that a show of hands would be helpful in determining public opinion in the county on the matter, a "straw vote," which is not binding to the organization, was taken.
When given a choice between Eastern Standard Time, Daylight Savings Time or Standard Time for the area; the majority of the crowd voted to adopt the same time as Illinois, which uses Daylight Savings Time.
Election of officers
An election for new Clay County Farm Bureau officers was held. They are President Marshall Nucholls, Vice President Ron Scherb and Secretary/ Treasurer Ada Nucholls.
Sidebar: Where members stand
Clay County Farm Bureau has taken a stand on many important issues throughout the county and around the state. Here is a listing of a few issues of concern:
- Support a repeal of the property tax, fiscal responsibility towards property tax payers and no property tax abatements for new or expanding business.
- Support property taxes not being used to support a county-wide public library, that these budgets should be funded by income taxes and that library budgets should be approved by the county or city council in whose jurisdiction the library is organized.
- Supports labeling of imported meat and an expanded hunting season for deer, turkey and geese while discouraging the re-establishment of any non-current wildlife in Indiana.
- Opposes federal and state control of drains while supporting an active county drainage board and the use of the county agencies to correct obstacles to drainage in county road ditches.
- Opposes the use of any state tax money going toward a new stadium for any professional sporting events.
- Supports the building of I-69 as a toll road, if when paid for the toll is removed.
- Supports a same day national primary after July 4.