Brazil Township is now out of the woods.
During Wednesday's special meeting of the Clay County Commissioners, the township was given a loan of $20,000 to help keep operations going through the end of the year. The money came from the Reassessment Fund.
"At the beginning of this month, we had about $12,000 left in our accounts and $11,000 of that is locked up for fixed expenses," Brazil Township Trustee Marcia Tozer said.
Tozer also said the township has been hit hard by laws regarding insulin.
"State laws say that if someone has the need for insulin and they cannot pay for it, the cost goes directly to the township," she said. "The costs have become overwhelming, also because the state has also asked us to cut back on the services we provide and to work with a smaller tax levy."
The commissioners unanimously approved the loan with the stipulation that it must be paid back within a year.
"We did this a few years ago and the money was paid back quickly," Commissioner Charlie Brown said. "One of the other reasons for this need is from the late collection of property taxes this year."
The commissioners also opened bids for the replacement of four county bridges with tank cars and the expansion of another with an 80-foot flat car.
The bids for the tank cars were taken under legal advisement for the review of additional terms included with the bids and will be on the agenda in November's meeting.
The bid for the flat car, which will be an addition to Bridge 227 on County Road 1220 South, was unanimously accepted. BLS Contractors, Inc., was awarded the contract with a bid of $44,400. The only other bid came form Blackfoot Construction Co., at an estimated cost of $51,200.
Also accepted was a revised conservation easement for Briley Creek.
The previous easement had been more than 12 acres which, after a resurveying by Clay County Surveyor John Keller, was found to be more than was needed. The revision reduced the size of the easement nearly in half, down to 6.37 acres.
Vice-President of Dunn and Associates Colleen North addressed the commissioners regarding the County Health Fair.
The fair was initially set for Oct. 10, but was canceled due to the overpriced cost to check the blood work of county employees.
"I was quoted a price of $41 which would have been just to check cholesterol levels," North said. "This was way too much as it is usually $30-35 and the check also includes glucose levels and other items."
She also said the cancer center would also be conducting Prostate specific antigen (PSA) and a Complete Blood Count (CBC) test to screen employees for pre-cancer cells.
No date has been set for a rescheduled health fair, which will be discussed further at the next regular meeting.
The next meeting of the Clay County Commissioners will be Monday, Nov. 5, at 9 a.m., in the Commissioners' Court of the Clay County Courthouse.