Further development of the Chinook mine area may be in the works.
On Monday, the Clay County Commissioners approved a grant application which could allow for a master plan analysis of the area to be taken.
Michael G. Flint, President of Flint Group, Frankfort, Ky., informed the commissioners the application is for a World Business Enterprises Grant through the USDA. Flint also attended a special meeting of the commissioners Dec. 17, to provide initial information about the grant.
"The grant would first be submitted as a draft and once revisions are made, a final draft will be submitted," he said. "The grant will be approximately $200,000 and a 20 percent match would be needed."
Flint said Resource Landholdings, who owns the land, and United Biofuels have submitted letters stating they are committed to providing the funds for the match, which would add to the amount of the grant.
If the grant is approved, a committee would need to be formed to procure it and a consulting engineer would be hired to put together the master plan, which would study the infrastructure of the Chinook area and make suggestions on the best way to use the land.
Flint also said there are no environmental concerns in the area which would hamper progress at this time.
While the submission of the application was unanimously approved, it is pending the recommendation of legal counsel following an analysis of the paperwork.
The commissioners also entered into a lease agreement with Joink, LLC, regarding a new communications tower.
The current tower, located on the grounds of the County Highway Garage, 409 N State Road 59, Center Point, is unstable and Joink is unable to provide efficient high-speed Internet to its customers.
Joink will be taking down the current tower and replacing it with a new one. The agreement has a provision included which allows the county to use the tower if needed, but must work around Joink's equipment to do so.
Other business conducted during the commissioners' meeting included:
* The appointing of individuals to various county positions including naming Charlie Brown the President and Paul Sinders the Vice-President of the Clay County Commissioners,
* Approving additional work on a federal bridge project which allows the search for archaeological artifacts prior to work being done on a county bridge, and
* Accepting all bids for highway materials, which were opened during the December meeting and sending out a notice to bidders for additional specifications for other materials needed. These bids will be opened at the February meeting.
The next meeting of the Clay County Commissioners will be Monday, Feb. 4, at 9 a.m., in the Commissioners' Courtroom of the Clay County Courthouse.
Appointments made by the Clay County Commissioners to various county positions during Monday's meeting:
* Attorney for the Commissioners -- Eric Somheil
* West Central Indiana Economic Development District Board -- Charlie Brown
* Alcoholic Beverage Control Board -- Robert Longo
* Clay County Redevelopment Commission -- Bill Sisson, Jan Howell, Richard Burger, Brian Wyndham and Tim Ames
* Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals -- Jim Hicks and Mendy Litz
* Brazil City Plan Commission -- Charles Hear
* Western Indiana Private Industry Council -- Jack Withers
* Clay County Highway Superintendent -- Pete Foster
* Clay County Emergency Management Director -- Bryan Husband
* Courthouse Head Custodian -- Wayne Knox
* Clay County Veterans Officer -- Les Walden
* Clay County Health Board -- Jan Stearley and Dr. Everett Conrad
* Personnel Administrative Committee -- Paul Sinders
* 911 Coordinator -- John Turner
Editor's Note: Appointments to the West Central Indiana Workforce Development and the County Parks and Recreation Board were tabled until the meeting on Feb. 4.