Clay County will once again have a victim's advocate.
During Tuesday night's meeting of the Clay County Council, Prosecutor Lee Reberger presented a grant allowing the county to hire a victim's advocate as a grant position.
"We've had the program since 1998," Reberger informed the council.
"The position had been vacant for the last couple of months because we wanted to make sure the grant would come."
Reberger added the position would not be full time with insurance and PERF, but a contract position that, with unemployment and FICA included, would pay a little more than $24,000 a year.
He also said the grant, which was unanimously approved by the council, would need to be renewed on a yearly basis.
The council also made the following decisions regarding tax abatements during Tuesday's meeting:
* Approved final action on a five-year personal property tax abatement for Process Development and Fabrication, Inc. (PDF).
The abatement is for new computer-controlled equipment at a total investment of approximately $726,000, with the intention to hire at least four new employees,
* Approved the second reading of a resolution establishing a fee on approved tax abatements.
Businesses that are granted an abatement will now have to pay a charge of 5 percent on the abated amount, which will go into a fund for the Clay County Redevelopment Commission to assist with potential engineering and other costs concerning potential future abatements, and
* Approved the renewal of a tax abatement for Brickcraft, LLC, Center Point.
The abatement had been overlooked when the council reviewed the other current abatements during the August meeting.
A total of $33,500 in additional appropriations were also approved by the council with $30,000 of it being for fuel costs for the Clay County Sheriff's Department.
Sheriff Mike Heaton had informed the council during the August meeting that he would be requesting the appropriation because with the unexpected rise in fuel costs this year, the department has enough money in that portion of their budget to possibly get them through September.
The next meeting of the Clay County Council will be Monday, Oct. 6, at 6 p.m., in the Commissioners' Courtroom of the Clay County Courthouse.