During Monday's meeting of the Clay County Commissioners, Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton presented an ordinance for a Deferred Compensation Plan that is available to all sheriffs' departments across the State of Indiana.
"This is an optional supplement to PERF," Heaton said. "Deputies, dispatchers, jailers and the cooks are eligible to sign up for the plan on a voluntary basis."
Heaton added employees who choose to sign up for the plan may have a little more taken out of each paycheck and have it put back for retirement.
"Some of the employees have mentioned that PERF alone will not be enough later on when they choose to retire," Heaton said. "I plan to encourage all the employees to enroll because this is another option for them to enhance their future financial security."
The commissioners passed the ordinance on the first reading, giving the Auditor's Office ample time to ensure the capabilities are in place to put the plan into effect.
Heaton presented a second ordinance extending the time an inmate can carry a negative balance in their respective commissary accounts from 30 to 60 days.
"When an inmate at the Clay County Justice Center needs non-emergency medical attention, they are responsible for the co-pay," he said. "If they don't have enough in their account to cover it, we allow them a grace period to come up with the compensation."
He added family members of inmates are allowed to send money, by mail only, that can be deposited into their account while they are incarcerated.
The rules were suspended and the commissioners approved the ordinance on the first reading.
The commissioners also tied up a few loose ends and renewed service contracts during Monday's meeting, including:
* Renewing a five-year contract for Clay County Information Services Director Scott Hill which will be effective until Oct. 13, 2013,
* Appointing Morris Manufacturing Human Resources Director Mila Stahl to the WorkForce One Development Commission,
* Approved a quote of $89,800 from Valley Implement, Inc., Newberry, for the purchase of a new tractor and mower, which should be delivered within 90 days,
* Signed an agreement to receive a grant worth $169,272.51 from the Department of Homeland Security that is going toward the purchase of 70 mobile and portable radios to be distributed among emergency responders in Clay County,
* Extended the current insurance policy on county-owned buildings with Gasway Insurance Unlimited, Inc., so coverage can be maintained past the Oct. 17 expiration date until a new policy is drawn up, and
* Approved the final reading of an ordinance to vacate Center Street in Ashboro. The option of an easement was removed from the ordinance, and the two sides disputing the situation now must come to a suitable solution amongst themselves.
The next meeting of the Clay County Commissioners will be Monday, Nov. 3, at 9 a.m., in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse.