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Clay County Commissioners

Tuesday, March 7, 2006

Highlights of the business discussed at the Monday meeting of the Clay County Board of Commissioners included:

-The airplane on the courthouse lawn

Brazil Mayor Tom Arthur appeared before the board to ask them to assume responsibility for the airplane displayed on the courthouse lawn.

Arthur said the plane, on loan from the National Air Force Museum in Ohio, has been protected by the city's insurance for some time.

"Since it's on county property, I've always wondered why the city takes care of it," he said.

The mayor predicted the county would incur little if any expense in transferring the plane to its insurance. Board President Charlie Brown said he would prefer to discuss the matter with County Attorney Eric Somheil before taking official action.

-The fate of three county-owned ambulances

The board discussed ways to distribute three ambulances the county can no longer use. Brown said several people had expressed interest in the ambulances and proposed they be awarded in a lottery.

The ambulances-- a 1997, a 2000 and a 2001-- cannot be used for their original purpose, according to Clay County Emergency Management Director Bryan Husband. But a volunteer fire department or similar organization could utilize them as auxiliary vehicles.

The board tabled the issue pending further discussion.

"We're trying to figure out a way to (distribute them) fairly," Brown said.

-A Riddell ATM in the courthouse

Riddell President Mike Lawson appeared before the commissioners to propose the installation of a Riddell ATM in the Clay County Courthouse.

The ATM would require access to a phone line and occupy a small amount of space in the courthouse. Lawson suggested the establishment of a lease agreement between Riddell and the county.

County Auditor Joe Dierdorf suggested Riddell handle direct-deposit payroll for courthouse employees as part of the agreement, a possibility Lawson said he'd be willing to consider.

"From what I understand, electronic banking isn't a great cost, just a little work, maybe," Dierdorf said.

Brown took the proposal under advisement but the board declined to take official action at the time.



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