A new coal company may be conducting operations in Clay County.
On Monday, the Clay County Commissioners agreed, in principle, to approve a road bond along County Road 1400 South for Jarvis Coal, LLC, Terre Haute.
The bond would be for three-quarters on a mile near CR 500 W at a cost of approximately $75,000.
Dennis Jarvis, co-owner of Jarvis Coal, informed the commissioners the company would be conducting mining operations in Lewis Township for approximately two years.
Typically, as part of a bond agreement, the company receiving the bond is responsible for maintaining the road to at least the conditions which existed when operations begin. However, the commissioners agreed to modify the policy which may set a standard for the future.
"I met with Dennis and discussed a situation where the county would maintain and repair the road and bill the company later," Commissioner Paul Sinders said. "We have had problems in the past where companies had not maintained the bonded road and this may help to eliminate problems and concerns in the future."
Sinders added part of the reason for the discussion was because Jarvis Coal does not have the equipment needed to maintain the condition of the road, but felt this may be effective with future bonds.
"This may be how we want to do this in the future," he said. "But before we officially pass this we are going to need everything in writing first."
The commissioners also approved a new two-year animal control contract with the Clay County Humane Society.
One of the terms of the contract states, "The Humane Society reserves the right to refuse acceptance of any animal if it is full, or if the acceptance of any animal would endanger the health of other animals in the shelter."
Also, if no space were available, the shelter would maintain a contact list of those wanting to use the shelter's services for when space becomes available, unless the situation is deemed an emergency "as heretofore defined, by the Humane Society."
The shelter is also to assist members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department in matters pertaining to animals within the county.
Other business conducted during Monday's Commissioner's meeting included:
* Approving the lease renewal for a Clay County Sheriff's Department vehicle through the Federal Equitable Sharing Fund,
* Accepting the 2009 meeting dates and dates the Clay County Courthouse would be closed in 2009. The closure dates are in accordance with state closures,
* Accepted the quote of $51,000 from Brown's Land Improvement, Inc., for the replacement of Bridge 157 with tank cars,
* Opened bids for the Clay County Highway Department for 2009. The commissioners took the matter under advisement to conduct a closer review of the bids. Typically, all bids are accepted so the Highway Department may make purchases based on the lowest price on any given day, and
* Agreed to close the Courthouse at noon on Christmas Eve to allow employees extra holiday time to spend with their families.
The next meeting of the Clay County Commissioners will be Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse.
When they meet
The following have been approved as meeting dates for both the Clay County Commissioners and Clay County Council.
The commissioners meet at 9 a.m. and the council meet at 6 p.m. Both meetings are held in the Commissioners' Court of the Clay County Courthouse.
Clay County Budget Hearings will be Tuesday-Thursday, Sept. 8-10, 2009, with hearings starting at 1 p.m. on Sept. 8, and at 9 a.m. on Sept. 9-10.
* Jan. 5, 2009
* Feb. 2, 2009
* March 2, 2009
* April 6, 2009
* May 4, 2009
* June 1, 2009
* July 6, 2009
* Aug. 3, 2009
* Sept. 8, 2009*
* Oct. 5, 2009
* Nov. 2, 2009
* Dec. 7, 2009
* Denotes meeting on a Tuesday