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County Commissioners: Meetings may rotate from place to place

Tuesday, April 4, 2006

By ANDY MCCAMMON

tamccammon1@yahoo.com

The Clay County Board of Commissioners may soon be taking their show on the road.

Commissioner Daryl Andrews' suggestion to hold meetings in some of the small communities dotting southern Clay County gained momentum at Monday's commissioners meeting, but several county officials raised logistical questions that could delay the board's travel plans.

The commissioners hold their regular meetings in chambers on the first floor of the Clay County Courthouse. But the courthouse's Brazil address-- in the extreme northern portion of the county-- excludes residents of southern Clay County, according to board members.

Of the three commissioners, Clay City resident Andrews has been the most vocal proponent of staging meetings in the southern portion of the county.

"We make it really hard for people, especially in the extreme southern part of the county, to make it to the meetings," he said. "I'd like to do something with the May meeting in Lewis Township."

But southern Clay residents may have to wait a little longer than that. County Attorney Eric Somheil said he would investigate the legality of setting alternate meeting sites, which could require several weeks' advance notice.

Bryan Husband, Clay County's emergency management director, questioned Lewis Township as the appropriate locale for the first in a series of southern county meetings.

Husband suggested a meeting at Clay City -- the second-largest city in Clay County -- would allow the board to better gauge interest among southern Clay County residents.

"To try it at Clay City and see if it had a turnout there would make more sense than trying it in a tiny community," he said.

In addition to Lewis Township and Clay City, Andrews suggested Cory and Center Point as possible locations for traveling commissioners meetings.

But until a schedule is set and locations are finalized, the board will likely stay put. Somheil predicted that at least the next two meetings will be held, as usual, in the board's chambers on the first floor of the courthouse.



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