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Commissioner's meeting highlights

Monday, February 2, 2009

Highlights of business conducted during Monday morning's meeting of the Clay County Commissioners included:

* Bargains abound

The commissioners passed a resolution setting the price listings for the properties which could potentially be part of a tax certificate sale in the upcoming months. Of the 121 eligible properties, 47 have a price tag of $150 or less. The listings will have to be advertised for three consecutive weeks and the sale, of which a date has not been set, may occur no less than 30 days following the third ad.

* Sharing resources

Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton informed the commissioners there is discussion about a potential interlocal agreement between the county and the Clay Community School Corporation for use of the county's communications tower in Center Point. Heaton added this is not a sure thing at this time, but if it does go through, the school corporation would add antennas to the tower and radio equipment to the building. Also, if the agreement were passed, it would allow the corporation to upgrade its radio communications without having to construct a new tower.

* New truck

The commissioners opened quotes for the purchase of a new service truck for the Clay County Highway Department. Highway Superintendent Pete Foster said the current truck has more than 270,000 miles on it and is currently being worked on. The commissioners approved the lowest quote, which came from Bob Burkle Chevrolet ($24,800), Clay City, over those submitted by York Pontiac ($24,858), Brazil, and Dave White Ford ($25,863), Clay City. The quote from Burkle was also chosen because it was the only location of the three which had the vehicle on the lot.

* Requesting quotes

The commissioners announced an emergency need to replace Bridge No. 24, located on County Road 500 E, approximately one-quarter mile north of United States 40. Commissioners' President Charlie Brown said plans to replace the bridge had been pushed back due to the greater need of work to be done immediately following the major flooding in June 2008. The commissioners will accept the submitting of quotes, which will be opened for consideration during a special meeting Monday, Feb. 23, at 10:30 a.m.

* Animal control matters

During the meeting, Brazil City Attorney Bob Pell said he and Commissioners' Attorney Eric Somheil had reviewed the county's animal control contract with the Clay County Humane Society to determine if the City of Brazil was included in the service area. Although they discovered the county's contract does not pertain to animal control services for the City of Brazil, Pell suggested that the two entities possibly work together in the future to create a unified contract.

"Typically, county contracts do not pertain to incorporated areas," Somheil told The Brazil Times. "However, there are times we do work together on interlocal agreements."

* Maintenance extended

The commissioners approved a service agreement for the maintenance of the county's Microvote Election Management System Software for 2009. Clay County Deputy Clerk Mary Brown said while there is no election this year, the system still needs to be maintained in order to allow the inclusion of newly registered voters and the software, which has been used for the past five years, is mandated by the state.

The Clay County Commissioners will next conduct a regular meeting Monday, March 2, 2009, in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse.

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I have a question about that previous announcement from the last meeting. It is concerning the oils well. "Carney explained the drilling sections are split up into 40-acre areas and the royalties will be split up based on the amount of land in the sections owned by those with mineral rights."

There is one well up and running and you can already smell it. How badly is this going to affect the homes around these well? Will owners of the wells make sure they do not stink so bad that we can not open our windows? Will our property values plummet because no one will want to buy a home near the wells?

I am wondering if any others living near the wells have the same concerns. Will be interested to hear the opinions.

-- Posted by localgal on Mon, Feb 2, 2009, at 4:20 PM

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