The Clay County Commissioners accepted the first reading of an ordinance setting the speed limit on the street, from County Road 100 E to the Clay/Putnam county line, to 45 mph.
The commissioners had been mulling the change for months, but took the time to research state statutes and ordinances before deciding on the reduction.
The ordinance will have to be read again at the April meeting before going into effect, and in that time, the commissioners will be considering a potential deferral program for the fines in order to prevent a backlog in the court system.
The Commissioners also approved a proclamation to make March 13-14 Ag Days in Clay County.
Clay County 4-H Extension Educator Melanie Brown read the proclamation and announced a ribeye steak dinner program at 6:30 p.m., March 13, at the Clay County Fairgrounds in the 4-H Exhibit Hall.
Also, on March 14, all fourth-grade students in Clay County will participate in a field day as part of the proclamation. It is the second year such a proclamation has been made.
A couple of mistakes in the county's Personnel Policies Handbook were also corrected during the meeting.
The first regarded the policy on employee vacations which, when initially passed, stated employees would not receive vacation time for the new year until the anniversary of their hire date.
The Commissioners changed this to where each employee would be eligible for the new year's vacation every New Year's Day, with a couple of exceptions.
When an employee is with the county government for at least eight years and are eligible for a third week of vacation per year, this additional week will not be eligible to use until their anniversary hire date. Also, if the employee's hire date occurs anytime in December, since all vacation days must be used by Dec. 31 every year, employees will be able to start using their extra week as of Dec. 1.
"With so many pages in our policy handbook, we were bound to miss a couple things," Commissioner Paul Sinders said. "The important thing is we caught them and are making the needed amendments."
The second change made was taking out a sentence which stated an employee who is on Workman's Compensation must also be included with the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which was incorrect.
The changes were unanimously approved, with suspended rules, on the first reading. The Clay County Council, who must also approve any changes to the handbook, did so during their meeting Monday night.
Other items of discussion during Monday's meeting included:
* Accepted a quote of $44,850 from BLS Contractors, Inc., Bowling Green, to replace a culvert along CR 100 E, six-tenths of a mile north of CR 300 N, with two tank cars. Two other bids from Blackfoot Construction ($51,575) and Sanders Construction ($52,900) were opened but not accepted,
* Approved the continuation of the Election Management Software Maintenance agreement for 2008,
* Signed the Region 7 Workforce Board Agreement which has been in effect for a number of years, but needed to have updated signatures, and
* Heard a proposal from Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton regarding a potential security grant for the Clay County School Corporation. If the county receives the grant, Heaton will be able to hire an additional deputy as a resource officer in charge of monitoring the schools. Heaton said the grant is still in the planning stages, but if received, the law enforcement portion of the grant would be for four years.
The next meeting of the Clay County Commissioners will be Monday, April 7, at 9 a.m., in the Commissioners' Courtroom of the Clay County Courthouse.