The Clay County Commissioners had a full plate of decisions at its regular meeting Monday morning.
In the county business portion of the meeting, representatives from Dunn and Associates Benefit Administrators, Inc., Columbus, discussed the insurance plan for county employees.
The county is under the average yearly loss ratio on its claims for the 2007-08 fiscal year and there has been a more than 35 percent increase in usage of generic prescriptions in comparison with name-brand counterparts.
Few changes were suggested for a new insurance plan -- the current plan expires June 30 -- but one big idea dealt with preventative medical procedures.
Regular colonoscopies are not completely covered by the current plan and it was suggested to move the procedure from the preventative medicine portion and move it to be under the deductible portion of the plan.
"It may cost a little more now, but if it helps to prevent a form of cancer, it will also save everyone a lot of money," Commissioner Paul Sinders said.
More information will be gathered and potential changes to the current plan will be considered before renewal forms are sent out in April or May.
In other county business, the commissioners approved the county's annual financial report, signed a maintenance agreement for the Clay County Justice Center and agreed an inventory of all county property needs to be updated to ensure all items are covered under property insurance.
They also heard concerns from resident Jerry Stearley regarding a portion of County Road 100 East.
Stearley said the road needs to be repaired, along with the right-of-way, so he and his family can access an area of land which was inherited. Commissioners' Attorney Eric Somheil informed Stearley a bridge needs to be constructed along the road for proper access to be made. A fiery discussion commenced, with no action being taken, and the commissioners turned the issue, which has been ongoing for about four years, over to Somheil to figure out a solution.
In other business during Monday's meeting, the commissioners:
* Passed the second reading of a ordinance making the Clay County Courthouse, and the grounds it sits on, a non-smoking campus,
* Discussed an ordinance regarding animal control and safety for the county. President of the Humane Society Board attended the meeting stating the main purpose of the ordinance is to ensure the proper care of animals. It was agreed the ordinance is too broad at this stage and more discussion to clear up the language and make specifications in the ordinance before it can be passed,
* Accepted the two bids for No. 11 double washed stone. Both were accepted so the Clay County Highway Department may purchase the needed goods at the lowest price on any particular day, and
* Decided to draw up an official ordinance, with specific fines and penalties, to set the speed limit on Pinckley St., from CR 100 E to the Clay/Putnam County line at 45 mph.
The next meeting of the Clay County Commissioners will be Monday, March 3, at 9 a.m., in the Commissioners' Courtroom of the Clay County Courthouse.