The Clay County Commissioners are working to make travel easier for residents.
During Monday morning's meeting, the commissioners approved bids for tank cars to replace four culverts around the county.
Bids from Blackfoot Construction Co., Poland, BLS Contractors, Inc., Bowling Green, and Jay York Excavating, Clay City, were originally opened at a special meeting of the commissioners Oct. 17, and were taken under legal advisement to ensure the terms of the bids were correct.
The commissioners accepted the four bids from BLS Contractors, Inc., which came at a total estimate of $81,500 for all four tank cars. Blackfoot Construction's total estimate was $88,100, and Jay York Excavating's estimate was $142,500. The cost of the tank cars and work will come from the county's Cumulative Bridge fund.
Meanwhile, the health fair for county employees continues to be delayed.
According to a representative from Dunn and Associates, St. Vincent Clay Hospital quoted a cost of $35 for all blood work to be done, which includes results for HDL and LDL cholesterol level, triglycerides and glucose numbers.
However, with budget issues with a cancer society and another vendor out of Indianapolis, the cancer screenings and Prostate specific antigen (PSA) test would not be available should the fair occur by the end of the year.
The commissioners agreed it would be best to hold off on having the health fair until after the first of the year so these tests would be available.
"We want to get everything included that we can," Commissioner Paul Sinders said.
"It should be all inclusive because if everything flops, it doesn't do anyone any good."
The commissioners did pass a motion stating the county would cover the cost of the blood work for all employees, including the part-time employees who are not covered under the county's insurance plan. They also stated the spouses of employees could participate in the health fair, but would have to pay the cost out-of-pocket.
Also occurring during Monday's meeting included:
• The approval of a replacement car for the Sheriff's Department. The Department replaced a vehicle which was totaled and the commissioners approved a transfer of assets which allows the lease from the previous car to be moved over to cover the new vehicle.
• Discussing the placement of speed limit signs on Pinckley Street, east from Murphy Avenue to the county line. The commissioners discussed setting the speed limit at 45 mph, but said they have to check state statutes on speed limits before setting anything in stone.
• Approval of bid specifications for the Highway Department. The commissioners will open bids during the December meeting for bids they receive for items needed for the Highway Department for the upcoming year.
• Discussed meeting with the Clay County Rescue and Adoption Center over complaints they have received regarding the center.
The next meeting of the Clay County Commissioners will be Monday, Dec. 3, at 9 a.m. in the Commissioners' Court of the Clay County Courthouse.