Mark Dierdorf, who was attending his last meeting, was given an Outstanding Service Award by his fellow council members. He was elected to the council in November 1974 and served three consecutive terms (Jan. 1975-Dec. 1986) before leaving to work as a postal carrier. He was again elected to the council in November 2000 and was re-elected in 2004, giving him a fifth term as a councilman.
For the business of the evening, the council approved the 2009 budget and will submit it to the state as is. Clay County Auditor Mary Jo Alumbaugh received word from the Department of Local Government Finance that the certified CAGIT distribution will be more than $1.7 million as the county initially expected. Alumbaugh said the DLGF had, at one point, notified the county about a $300,000 cut in CAGIT funds, which the state had incorrectly estimated.
The council also approved the second reading of an amendment to the Police Retirement Plan for the Clay County Sheriff's Department.
The Amendment provides an additional 2 percent for each year of service past 20 years, allowing deputies the possibility of receiving a maximum of 74 percent of their salary upon retirement.
"We had this added incentive in the past, but it had been removed and we are now reinstating it," Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said. "It is similar to plans used by the Indiana State Police and in other counties. It gives deputies an incentive to stay with the department longer."
Other business conducted in Monday's council meeting included:
* Appointing Dr. Richard Frankville to the Brazil Library Board, and
* Approving $94,000 in additional appropriations within the Highway Fund for various items like vehicle repair, additional mileage and supplies for road repair. In addition, the council approved $2,517.56 in transfers within the Auditor's and LEPC portions of the General Fund.
The next meeting of the Clay County Council will be Monday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m., in the Commissioners' Courtroom of the Clay County Courthouse.