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Council approves bridge measure

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

The Clay County Council handed out additional appropriations for various county needs at its meeting Monday night.

For needs associated with bridge work, the council approved a total of $96,840 from the Cumulative Bridge Fund for culverts, rock, a tank car, and work on Bridges 230 and 239.

The two bridges need to be widened from 17 feet to 20 feet to allow, among other reasons, for easier transport of farm equipment. When received from a company in St. Louis, the tank cars used to replace the bridges are at a default width of 17 feet.

The council also approved an appropriation of $184,600 for the 2007 portion of a parcel-by-parcel reassessment project that will be conducted by Tyler Technologies/CLT Division.

Reassessment will be conducted during a four-year span, finishing in 2010. The 2007 portion will be done for Brazil and Lewis Townships, along with Brazil City.

Clay County Commissioner Charlie Brown informed the council about progress regarding what could be done with the former county jail building. Brown said the cost to demolish the building would be approximately $150,000, with an additional cost of $10,000 for the removal of fiber optics and asbestos.

He also said the cost to construct a pole barn in its place, which would hold county maintenance equipment, would be in the neighborhood of $25,000.

The county will have to ensure the funds are available for the project, and Brown said bids could then be accepted for the potential demolition project, hopefully at a lower cost than expected.

The county closed out the meeting by passing an amended salary ordinance for three county positions. The ordinance set the salary for the Community Corrections Road Crew Supervisor at $14 an hour, the Victim's Advocate at $23,712 annually and the Prosecutor at $21,256 annually. The money for the Victim's Advocate and Prosecutor come from the Victim's Assistance Grant and ICJI Stop Grant, respectively, which come from the state.

The County Council will be holding budget hearings Sept. 4-6, 2007 at 9 a.m. in the Commissioners' Court of the Clay County Courthouse, and the next regular meeting of the council will be at 5 p.m. on Sept. 4 at the same location.

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