Potential future development of railroads has slowed to a crawl.
On Monday, the Clay County Commissioners reviewed a World Business Enterprise Grant application which, if awarded, would allow for Rail Analysis and Technical Evaluation at the Chinook Property site.
Michael G. Flint, President of Flint Group, Frankfort, Ky., attended previous meetings in December 2007 and January 2008 to brief the Commissioners on the process and was on hand to answer questions.
"The grant would provide $200,000 for the project and a $50,000 match is required along with it," Flint said. "We have a letter stating that United Biofuels, Resource Landholdings and Headwaters Energy Services will provide the funds for the match."
The commissioners agreed that having an efficient rail line would be a benefit to Clay County.
"A site with rail attached to it would be a definite advantage," Economic Development Specialist with the West Central Indiana Economic Development District Jim Coffenberry said.
Flint was hoping to have the application sent to the USDA for review by the middle of June as it has a deadline to be sent to the national office by June 30, but there was a hitch.
The documents and application were not provided to Commissioners' Attorney Eric Somheil for review and he said he neeed time to look everything over before it is approved.
This has been something that has become prevalent in recent months.
"We have to make sure all of the players are involved," President of the Commissioners Charlie Brown said. "We can't have something placed in front of us and expect it to be passed before we have a chance to look it over. We have to know what's going on first."
A special meeting will be held, the date of which has not been set, in order to discuss the issue further.
Other business during Monday's meeting included:
* Approving an agreement for a summer assistant for the 4-H Extension Office. The county will pay the assistant's full salary, of which the state will reimburse 50 percent,
* Passing the second reading of an ordinance setting up a County Improvement Fund. Money for the fund will come from the sale of county land and violation of the Derelict Properties and Junk and Trash ordinances,
* Approved the match for a transportation study to be conducted by the Indiana Department of Transportation, which will consist of making traffic counts at various points in the county. The maximum amount the county will have to pay this year will be $1,429.84, which will come from the Highway Administration Fund, and
* Declared for the emergency replacement of Bridge 121, which is on Lower Bloomington Road. The commissioners opened quotes during their special meeting on May 27, and although the quotes were above the maximum amount allowed to be classified as a quote, the emergency declaration allowed for the passing the quote of $56,900 from BLS Contractors, Bowling Green.
The next meeting of the Clay County Commissioners will be Monday, July 7, at 9 a.m., in the Commissioners' Court of the Clay County Courthouse.