Nearly $1 million in additional appropriations was approved during Monday's County Council meeting.
The majority of the $871,545 in appropriations came out of the Cumulative Bridge Fund for repairs, replacements and other work on county bridges and levees that were damaged in the June floods.
A total of $315,000 was approved for work to be done on one bridge and two culverts in Perry and Posey townships, with another $263,000 going toward work on the Eel River and Erie Canal levees, along with armoring two culverts on Cory-Staunton Road.
While quotes have been opened for the bridge work, the county is awaiting word from a yet-to-be-named FEMA representative on what, if any, reimbursements Clay County may receive.
"We are trying to spend the taxpayers' money as wisely as possible," Clay County Commissioner Paul Sinders said during the meeting. "We want to make things better than what we had because we don't want this situation to happen again. However, we want to be sure of what we can and cannot do first."
For the levee work and culvert armoring, which is to be done by the United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the county is acting as a fiscal agent by providing 75 percent of the project costs, all of which will be reimbursed.
"The county should also be able to receive funding on non-emergency projects as well," Clay County District Conservationist for the NRCS Doris Scully said.
One thing that enabled the council to approve the appropriations is that the fund is in a healthy state.
"We were really fortunate to have the dollars in the Cumulative Bridge Fund to be able to do this without having to borrow," Council President Mike McCullough said. "We are also lucky that everyone has worked together so well and bent over backwards to get things moving in the right direction."
The council also appropriated a total of $285,000 within the County Highway Fund for fuel, oil, stone gravel and other items needed to repair damaged roads throughout Clay County.
A number of tax abatements from six companies in the county were also reviewed during Monday night's meeting.
Many of the companies had more than one abatement and while one company was right on the dot with their anticipated hiring, while the others had far exceeded expectations, and all were found in compliance and were approved.
The next meeting of the Clay County Council will be Monday, Aug. 4, at 6 p.m., in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse.