-Commissioners pass two new ordinances
The board passed two new ordinances during its Monday meeting.
Ordinance 13-2006, which imposes a $100 daily penalty for properties deemed a public nuisance, is aimed at encouraging property owners with trash build-up or overgrown vegetation on their properties to clean up the problem.
"There's some houses that really are eyesores. We continuously get calls, and (previously) we didn't have any tools or anything to work with," said Board President Charlie Brown. "Now we have a bullet for our gun."
The measure passed unanimously on its first reading.
The commissioners also passed ordinance 14-2006, which reduces the speed limit on White Rock Road between CR 200 W and SR 59 to 25 miles per hour.
Brown noted that portions of the road maintained by the City of Brazil are already subject to a 25 mph limit.
"(This) will certainly be welcomed by the people that live along that stretch of road," said Commissioner David Parr.
The ordinance will take effect when the speed limit signs are erected.
-Board takes a hard look at a minimum road bond
Board members discussed setting a road bond of $100,000 per mile for companies doing work in and around the county.
The bonds, which act as an insurance policy against road damage inflicted by heavy machinery and digging, are usually negotiated on a case-by-case basis.
But the commissioners noted that a $75,000 bond agreement with Mustang Engineering, a firm investigating the possibility of running oil lines beneath several county roads, will not likely cover the damage the company's equipment caused to several roads in southern Clay County.
"Mustang didn't paint a full picture of the scope of the work they were to do," Commissioner Daryl Andrews said.
Brown suggested an ordinance that would set a minimum per-mile bond of $100,000, and include a stipulation that would require companies to bond the roads used to access their work sites.
County Attorney Eric Somheil said he would try to draft the ordinance for the August commissioners meeting.
-County takes control of hospital board money
Members of REIN (Recreation, Education, Information and Nutrition), an organization intent on bringing a multi-use community center to the Clay City-area, were on hand as commissioners accepted the seed money for the project.
James Deal, legal counsel to the now-defunct Clay County Hospital Board, presented the commissioners with a check for around $95,000, to be disbursed as needed for the community center project. The money represents the remainder of the amount willed to the hospital by deceased Clay Countian John Shafer. Shafer stipulated the money be used to benefit the people of southern Clay County.
Entitled to $1,000 as a final payment for his services to the hospital board, Deal waived his fee as a gesture of good will.
-Board appoints representative to Brazil City Planning Commission
The commissioners voted to appoint Bill Hammer as the board's representative to the Brazil City Planning Commission.
Hammer will replace Carolyn Timmerman, who resigned her position on the commission earlier this year.