- Pool to be built at Goshorn Park;decision made at final meeting of Clay County Hospital board
The proceedings at the Monday meeting of the Clay County Hospital Board were short and sweet-- officers were elected, some long-standing business was finally resolved and the board was permanently adjourned.
Since the hospital was sold in 2000, the sole charge of the hospital board has been to disperse the portion of the Louis Schafer estate given to the hospital. The board voted Monday to award the rest of its assets, nearly $95,000, to Harrison Township, under the condition that it be used to construct a public swimming pool in the township's Goshorn Park.
"The board really hasn't had any business to conduct but these funds," said Jim Deal, an attorney retained by the board and paid from the sum left by Schafer. "I really think this is a great thing."
The land Louis Schafer left to the Clay County Hospital sold for $252,000. The hospital board contributed $90,000 to the construction of the new Clay County Extension office and another $60,000 to purchase automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) for Clay County businesses and schools. The board had previously approved the construction of a Boys' and Girls' Club in Clay City, but the plan was never accepted by the Clay County Board of Commissioners.
Commissioner Charlie Brown suggested building a community pool in the Clay City area. The board of commissioners voted to approve the plan Monday.
"There's nothing political here," Brown told the hospital board. "I just want to see something happen for the people of Clay City."
The board will transfer the remaining funds to Harrison Township Trustee Kay Hart, with the stipulation that construction on the pool begin within one year. Commissioner Daryl Andrews said he is pleased with the hospital board's choice.
"We'd like to see a project like this implemented, and the money's there to build it," he said. "There's a possibility to see this thing open up next year."
Hospital board member Marion Schafer said he was pleased and relieved to see his father's estate invested in something positive.
"I think it's a great choice. It's going to be a great project for the county as a whole, not just Clay City," he said. "It will enable Clay County (residents) to express pride in ourselves."
Hospital board members Steve Bell and Bryan Wyndham were elected to executive positions at the meeting (president and secretary, respectively). Neither served for more than 45 minutes.