The Clay County Commissioners are out to clean up the county.
In their regular meeting Tuesday morning, they approved an ordinance which prohibits the existence of junk, trash, abandoned vehicles, noxious or unsightly weeds, and dangerous or dilapidated buildings within the corporate limits of Clay County.
"The ordinance also prohibits other detrimental conditions in the county," Commissioner Paul Sinders said.
In an attempt to improve the layout of the county, residents found in violation of the ordinance will receive a notice giving them 10 days to complete what is needed before a fine will begin to be handed out.
The fine will be $100 a day and can be continued for a total of 40 days, for a potential maximum fine of $4,000. The fines are also subject to an 18 percent interest rate from the due date of the fine.
"Should a resident decide to appeal the violation order, they must give a written notice to the Auditor's Office within the 10 days following the initial notice," County Legal Counsel Eric Somheil said.
The commissioners also opened a bid for the road improvements needed in the Headwaters project.
The project will dredge water from the old Chinook Mine site, sifting out coal particulates.
The lone bid came from Wabash Valley Asphalt at an estimated cost of $149,734.48, none of which would have to be paid from county money. The money would be used to make improvements to County Road 500 West through widening and ditching to allow the heavy trucks to safely pass through the area.
The information and numbers still need to be reviewed for accuracy before the bid can be accepted.
Other business conducted at Tuesday's commissioner's meeting included:
* Approved and signed a contract for the Clay City Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The commissioners have received a three-year agreement from the Indiana BMV which would continue with the terms of the previous contract through the end of 2007.
* Reviewed a potential ordinance for animal control in the county. Work still needs to be done before it can officially be brought for consideration. Representatives of the Clay County Humane Society will work with Eric Somheil on a new proposal.
* Heard a proposal for a walking track around the lake at Craig Park. Wilmadean Baker of the Clay Community Parks association requested the use of county materials and equipment as long as the association comes up with the money needed along with a grant that has already been received. The commissioners said the area would first have to be looked at to determine if the equipment would be able to safely maneuver through the area.
* Made a proclamation that September is Kennedy Crossing Bingo Month. This is the 50th year the bingo game has ran, the longest in Clay County.
* Approved a project to replace three more bridges throughout the county at an estimated cost of $225,000. The Clay County Council will review the project and possibly appropriate the money at the meeting in October.
The next regular meeting of the Clay County Commissioners will be Monday, Oct. 1, at 9 a.m. in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse.