Highlights of business discussed at Monday's meeting of the Clay County Board of Commissioners included:
-The continuing discussion of the asphalt parking lot at the new Clay County Justice Center
The commissioners continued to chew on lingering concerns related to the new jail's asphalt parking lot, which has been criticized for its patchy, uneven appearance and already exhibits early signs of deterioration.
After reviewing the findings of an assessment of the asphalt work by Patriot Engineering of Terre Haute, board members resolved to hold out until their concerns over the appearance and structural integrity of the parking lot are addressed.
The Patriot study suggested that portions of the lot -- pocked with unsightly patched sections and already deteriorating in some areas -- be ground down and resurfaced to achieve a "reasonably seamless appearance."
During an April 18 special session, the board voted to release to principal contractor Hannig Construction almost all of the final payment of $240,000 the county had withheld from the firm pending the resolution of several minor concerns.
The board resolved to continue to withhold $10,140 -- the amount Hannig owes to Wabash Valley Asphalt for its work on the parking lot -- until the subcontractor meets not only the recommendations of the Patriot study but the expectations of county officials.
"Certainly, the quality of the product is not what we deserve or what we're entitled to," said Commissioner Daryl Andrews. "We're sure Wabash Valley will do the right thing."
-The approval of a 2006-07 insurance plan for county employees
Commissioners accepted bids for a health insurance plan for county employees in 2006-07 (the term of the policies begins July 1 and ends June 30 of next year).
The board voted to extend their contract with the county's current providers, Dunn & Associates Insurance and Allied Insurance, for another year.
Under the agreement, the county will shoulder liability in the amount of $650,000, a .08 percent increase over its previous agreement with its insurance providers.
Andrews hinted board members hoped to have more bids to choose from.
"We were expecting some additional proposals to be submitted today, but they were not," he said.
-Appointments to county boards
Monday's session also saw several appointments to county governing boards.
The commissioners voted to appoint Pete Wilson, owner of the Brazil Coffee Company to the Clay County Workforce Development Board.
In addition, the three members of the Clay County Building Corporation-- Jeff Fritz, Robert Hostetler and Tim Stearley-- were all approved for another one-year appointment.