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Community-based projects in the works

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The Clay County Commissioners are looking for community support to get a couple of projects off the ground.

In an effort to clean up trash along county roads, the commissioners are considering starting an Adopt-A-Highway program.

"It's something that really needs to be done," President of the Commissioners Charlie Brown said. "We are still in the early planning stages, but we also are looking for community support to ensure that the program will generate some interest."

Brown said any individual, civic organization or club is welcome to adopt a one-mile stretch of a county road to keep clean.

"Even school organizations or the Boy Scouts are welcome to help out," he said. "One of the biggest things we need to do before we start the program is check into the liability issues to ensure everyone is covered."

Commissioner Paul Sinders said they will also look into how surrounding counties are operating Adopt-A-Highway programs and use them as a guide.

"Our program would be limited strictly to county roads," Sinders said. "Interstate 70, United States 40, State Road 59 and other state roads are restricted to state and nationally-funded programs."

Sinders added the commissioners are also looking for funding in order to pay for the disposal of any collected trash and the multi-colored vests required for individuals working along the roadside.

Brown said he is also seeking community support to purchase a gazebo which would be placed on the grounds of the Clay County Courthouse.

"We are currently exploring the possibility and upside to having a gazebo on the courthouse lawn," he said. "It is such a beautiful area and we would like to see the grounds used."

He added it would take funding from the community to purchase a gazebo, but it would be available for a number of events.

"It could be used for concerts, weddings or something as simple as a place to sit down and eat lunch outside," Brown said. "The larger events would have to be approved beforehand so that, if needed, we can have Duke Energy come out and turn on additional power for lighting."

At this point, Brown is in the process of creating a fact-finding committee for the project, as well as attempting to set up a not-for-profit status so members of the community have a place to direct potential donations.

Groups or individuals interested in either project should contact Brown at 812-239-3920 or Paul Sinders at 812-939-2049.

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Lets see organzation to clean up county roads. There are how many inmates at the Clay County jail that are tax dollars feed. Bring back the chain gangs then maybe jail wouldnt be so nice for them to want to go back to all the time. Just my thoughts though.

-- Posted by kd323 on Wed, Oct 8, 2008, at 7:57 AM

kd323 ~

Great idea ~ let's see the inmates working on the trash pickup while the rest of us are working or in school ~ we see some inmates at the Farm out working on a regular basis ~ I'd have no problem with our inmates at the Justice Center doing the same thing ~

-- Posted by karebabe on Wed, Oct 8, 2008, at 8:00 AM

I have seen Commissioner Charlie Brown with a "crew" of inmates out cleaning up the roadsides on some Sundays. Keep up the good work, Charlie! This "program" just needs to be more often and with a more "structured" system so it can be done during the week.

-- Posted by Justice 4 all on Wed, Oct 8, 2008, at 1:16 PM

I think that Commissioner Brown helps supervise the community service program ~ those folks on Sundays are not necessarily inmates ~ forcing the inmates to do something for their upkeep is a great idea ~

-- Posted by karebabe on Wed, Oct 8, 2008, at 2:30 PM

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