Highlights of the business discussed at the Monday meeting of the Clay County Board of Commissioners included:
-One last change order on the new Clay County Jail
Mike Walker, a representative of jail designers Schenkel Schultz, re-quested another change order to address what he called "small issues." The board unanimously ap-proved the expenditure of another $99,760, pushing the total cost of the jail project to $10,949,610.
The additional funding will be used to tweak the building's exhaust system, add a fan to the evidence room and install bars over several points in the jail that have been deemed potentially unsecure, among other things.
-A Department of Homeland Security grant for the county.
Clay County Emergency Management Director Bryan Husband updated the board on the status of a request for grant money from the Department of Homeland Security.
Husband plans to ask for $52,410, but indicated there were no guarantees the grant would come to fruition.
"It's a grant. I can write it, but that doesn't mean we'll necessarily get it," he said.
The money would be used to purchase virus protection software for courthouse computers and nine 800 MHz radios for use by the Clay County Sheriff's Department and the City of Brazil.
-A discussion of security concerns at the Clay County Extension Office
4-H Youth Extension Educator Melanie Brown told board members insufficient lighting at the new facility has raised nighttime security concerns among employees. Brown asked the commissioners to consider a small appropriation for motion-sensor lights for the extension office.
"It's really dark, and it's just primed for somebody to come and vandalize it," she said.
Brown also asked the commissioners to consider erecting a sign near the road to increase the facility's visibility. Board President Charlie Brown said it sounded like an ideal Eagle Scout project.