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Bank seeks to place ATM in courthouse

Tuesday, August 8, 2006

By ANDY MCCAMMON

tamccammon1@yahoo.com

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

-A proposal from Riddell National Bank.

Riddell President Mike Lawson appeared before the board to check the status of a proposal that would put a Riddell ATM in the Clay County Courthouse.

Lawson said Riddell would handle direct deposit and other services for the county and its employees as part of the agreement.

But the board voted to table the matter. Commissioner David Parr expressed concern that a business relationship with Riddell might not sit well with other local banks.

"I don't have a very good feeling about giving one business an opportunity to conduct business in the courthouse and not the others," he said.

Parr plans to investigate the matter before the board's September meeting.

-Resolution 4-2006

The board unanimously approved Resolution 4-2006, creating a 13-member Pre-disaster Mitigation Planning Committee.

The county will receive a $25,000 grant to cover costs for the committee, which will formulate coordinated, county-wide plans of action for natural and man-made disasters.

According to Jim Coffenberry, an adviser to the Clay County Economic Re-development Commission, the resolution qualifies the county for federal grant money that could result in "improvements to firehouses, equipment upgrades" and other benefits.

Members of the new board are Bryan Husband (chair), Scott Hill, John Turner, Wayne Knox, Pat Brown, Carolyn Mullens, Doug Barr, Steve Bell, Steve Withers, Roy Chenoweth, Jon Yocum, Earl Hutcheson and Pete Foster.

-An appointment to the Airport Advisory Board

The board voted to appoint Jordan Brown Sr. as one of its representatives to the Clay County Airport Advisory Board.

Brown will sit on the board with his son, Jordan Brown Jr.

-An update on a proposed rural transit system

Basil Weimann, executive director of Rockville-based non-profit Child Adult Resource Services (C.A.R.S.), told board members that a planned rural transit system in the county would be delayed until 2008.

He said the proposed service overlapped with existing transportation services and would benefit from more careful planning.

"It appears that we didn't do all the homework we needed to do," he said. "We stepped on some toes."



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