The Clay County Commissioners held a special meeting Monday morning, in part, to approve a grant from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.
Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton was at the meeting to explain the Advanced Criminal Enforcement Grant.
"This grant allows for increased patrol," Heaton said. "It is similar to Operation Pullover, but this is strictly for the targeting of narcotic activity in the area."
Heaton explained the grant is only able to be used by the Clay County Sheriff's Department because a law enforcement agency must have an interstate running through its jurisdiction to be eligible for the grant.
This is the second year for the department to receive the grant, which is $6,500, as they participated in the pilot program last year.
"Along with increased narcotics patrol, the department also receives additional training for free," Heaton said. "The training increases our narcotics detection and enforcement capabilities and with the grant, everyone will have gone through the training by the end of this year."
The commissioners unanimously approved and signed paperwork to receive the grant money, which will go into effect next month.
Repairs at the courthouse were also on the commissioners' docket.
A downspout broke and during a recent rainstorm, water damage occurred in an office belonging to the Community Correction Department.
Two bids were received from contractors to do plastering, painting and replace the carpet, among other work in the office.
The commissioners approved the lowest bid of $12,947, which came from RC's Floor Company, Bowling Green, over one submitted by Moore's Restoration, Indianapolis, for $15,704.
"We always try to go with local contractors for work when we can," Commissioner Paul Sinders said. "Also, the higher bid included a $2,500 co-pay which would have been had to paid out-of-pocket."
The county received a check from their insurance company for the repairs which covers the cost of the winning bid, and no county money will be needed to complete the work.
The next regular meeting of the Clay County Commissioners will be Monday, Feb. 4, at 9 a.m., in the Commissioners' Courtroom of the Clay County Courthouse.