Housekeeping duties were on tap at Monday's meeting of the Clay County Council.
For the second consecutive year, Mike McCullough and Warren Stevenson were named the council's president and vice-president, respectively.
"Things worked out really well last year and there's no reason to change things up," Council Member Larry Moss said.
McCullough was also appointed to the Personnel Administrative Committee, while fellow council members Moss and Dolores Johnson were named to the West Central Indiana Economic Development District Board. For the other appointments made, Guy Dickerson was retained on the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board while Gerald Hardesty and Carolyn Mullins were retained on the Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals.
The council approved the process to hire a District Planning Council Administrator for Task Force 7. This individual would be hired through a contract which expires June 2009.
With Clay County designated as the fiscal agent for the eight-county district, the administrator's salary would be paid with county money, but reimbursed on a monthly basis from the Department of Homeland Security. The hiring process was also approved by the Clay County Commissioners earlier in the day.
The remaining business for the council revolved around amending salaries for 2008.
An hourly rate of $9 an hour was set for clerical and Civil Process server positions within the Sheriff's Department and also for the positions of part-time cook, part-time jailer and video visitation officers within the jail. These were amended due to incorrect inputting of the numbers during the budget hearings. The same rate was also applied to the position of part-time dispatcher for the E-911 Department.
For the Circuit Court, the GAL/CASA employee's yearly salary was set at $11,000 with no benefits. The hourly rate of an office assistant using Adult Probation User Fees was set at $15 an hour, while the Community Health Educator's salary was set at $14.63 an hour with no benefits from the Local Health Maintenance Fund.
With the increased workload and future upgrade of the GPS tracking system for sex and violent offenders, a Surveillance Officer was hired by the Community Corrections Department at a yearly salary of $25,900. This is a position which has been available for the department since 1993, but was not needed until now.
The next meeting of the Clay County Council will be Monday, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m., in the Commissioners' Courtroom of the Clay County Courthouse.