Highlights of the other business discussed at the Clay County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday included:
-The board approved a contract with the Clay County Humane Society for 2006. Commissioner David Parr said the agreement was identical to previous CCHS contracts.
"What we're wanting to do here is just a continuance of the current contract," he said.
Given the humane society's squabbles with the City of Brazil over a contract extension, CCHS President Bill Bell said he is grateful for the county funding.
"We wanted to settle this one so we know we can stay open," he said. "Now we can start working on the (Brazil contract)."
-Indiana State Police bomb technician Chad Hilton asked the board to implement an evacuation plan for the courthouse in the event of an emergency.
"Getting everybody out of a courthouse is a logistical nightmare," he said.
Hilton said he will collaborate with Brazil Emergency Management Coordinator Bryan Husband to develop a comprehensive evacuation plan.
"If there's a plan, there will be panic," Husband said. "There just won't be as much."
-Clay County Clerk of the Works Gary Rogers reported that the new Clay County Jail is rapidly nearing completion.
"We're 99 percent done," he said.
Rogers said the facility's radio equipment and air evacuation system still need significant work, but he indicated any delays would be brief.
"We should have these things resolved by the end of the month," he said.
Rogers requested an additional $14,949.84 for the project. That amount will be spent on kitchen supplies, a timeclock and janitorial equipment, he said.