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Commissioners' meeting highlights

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Highlights of the Clay County Commissioners meeting Monday morning include:

* Gas Supply Replacement

Vectren Energy Representative Barry Whalen informed the commissioners of the company's intention to replace the main natural gas supply for the City of Brazil. Whalen said the current pipe pressure distribution system, which runs from State Road 42 to the State Road 340/Waterworks Road intersection, needs to be upgraded to better maintain pressure during the winter months. Commissioners President Charlie Brown said the $100,000/mile road bond should be used to protect the roads. Whalen said he would have to check with the company's insurance and would return with more information at the August meeting.

* Xerox leases

The commissioners approved five-year leases on Xerox copiers for four offices in the courthouse (Clerk, Child Support, Prosecutor and Circuit Court). The copiers are new and are upgrades from previous machines.

* ACS Agreement

Clay County Recorder Angie Modesitt presented a new five-year agreement with Affiliated Computer Services, Inc., to the commissioners. Modesitt said Clay County had the highest fee in the state with ACS and renegotiated the deal to save approximately $4,800 per year from the previous agreement. The agreement, which allows for the entire system, along with office equipment, in the Recorder's Office to be upgraded, was approved.

* Statement of Salaries and Wages

The commissioners reviewed Form 144, which is a statement of salaries and wages for Clay County employees. The form is required by the Department of Local Government Finance and is up to the Clay County Council to provide final approval. Brown suggested the council should look into the salary supplements for county positions where the majority of the salary is subsidized by the state.

* Concern of a resident

Hansford Mann, Center Point, addressed the commissioners with his concern of oil runoff from the asphalt at the Clay County Highway Garage getting into the streams and rivers of the county. Mann said the recent flooding has made the problem worse, but Brown assured him the majority of the runoff is just water, but they are looking into a solution to prevent any of the oil getting into the water.

* Redevelopment Commission appointments

Due to recent changes in state legislation, the commissioners are now required to appoint three members to the Clay County Redevelopment Commission. They decided to re-appoint Jan Howell, Richard Burger and Tim Ames, all of whom currently sit on the board and whose terms end on Dec. 31. Also, per state law, they also appointed Clay Community Schools Board member Tina Heffner to the commission as a non-voting member. Heffner's term on the commission ends June 30, 2010.

The next meeting of the Clay County Commissioners will be Monday, Aug. 4, at 9 a.m., in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse.

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I have to wonder when our roads are going to be repaired since the flooding. We have pot holes that are just getting larger by the day in dangerous locations. So, when will we read about which roads are getting attention today?

-- Posted by Pearl2083 on Thu, Jul 10, 2008, at 10:18 AM

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