Highlights of business discussed at Monday's meeting of the Clay County Board of Commissioners included:
-An update on the construction of the new Clay County Jail
Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton and Clerk of the Works Gary Rodgers updated the board on the jail's construction. The board approved a final allotment of $200,000 for supplies including inmate uniforms, concrete pylons for the parking lot and cleaning supplies.
Commissioner David Parr said the funds, derived from bond sales and separate from the county's general fund, would be used to cover any and all remaining expenses. He indicated it was unlikely the entire amount would be needed.
The Clay County Council approved the $200,000 expenditure at its meeting Monday evening.
-Roadway repair bids
The commissioners opened construction bids for the improvement of county roads, which the board took under advisement. Parr said the bids will be reviewed when specific improvements are necessary.
He expressed concern that funding for roadway maintenance may run short in 2006.
"I'm looking at these prices, and I don't know where we're going to come up with the money to take care of the roads," he said. "It keeps getting harder and harder."
-The delayed re-opening of the Clay City BMV branch
Commissioner Daryl Andrews said the Clay City branch of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles will reopen later than he initially expected.
Andrews had predicted the branch would resume operations under county administration in early January. He said the delay will continue until the county and the state arrive at an agreement on how the branch will be run.
"Contracts have to go back and forth between the state and the county until something is established," he said.
Andrews said he expects the branch to open in early February.
- David Parr's request to not be re-elected president of the Commissioners
After serving as president of the board of commissioners for three years, Parr asked Monday that another commissioner consider assuming the office in 2006. He said he will continue to serve as a commissioner, and his decision is in no way related to any health-related issues.
"It's always been my firm belief that these positions should be alternated annually," he said. "I'd like for one of these other two gentlemen (commissioners Andrews and Charlie Brown) to have the opportunity to step in."
Commissioners also discussed the possibility of holding meetings in Clay City and other southern Clay County locations in 2006, as reported in Tuesday's edition of The Brazil Times.