Spending a little now may help save the county money later.
The Clay County Council approved an additional appropriation of $14,900 for the purchase of a glycol feeder, which will be installed at the Clay County Justice Center, during Monday night's meeting.
In a joint work session with the Clay County Commissioners, members of the council were informed by Jeff Chamberlain, Maintenance Sales Account Representative for Havel, Indianapolis, the piping system at the Clay County Justice Center is beginning to rust.
"Basically, the rust and other gunk is clogging up the pipes, causing the compressor to work harder," Commissioner Paul Sinders said during Monday's meeting. "If the compressor were to go out, it would cost at least $30,000-$50,000 to replace."
The glycol feeder would not only help clean out the pipes, but hopefully make both the heating and cooling systems at the Justice Center run more efficiently.
"I hate to say this but spending this money now may save us in the long run," Sinders said.
Because the heating system would have to be shut down for about a week to do the work on the system, the feeder will be most likely installed in the spring.
In other business during Monday's meeting, the council:
* Approved a separate additional appropriation of $1,000 for comp time. The county recently had an employee take another position, and by state law, the individual must be paid for comp time that was not used before the change, and
* Approved a resolution allowing the Clay County Commissioners to spend money from the County Improvement Fund. The fund was initially set up in June 2008 for the fees and fines collected from derelict property ordinance violations. The commissioners have the ability to spend the funds without prior approval from the council.
After all agenda items were completed, Clay County Commissioner Jack Withers addressed the council about the county parks.
Withers said all but one of the County Parks Board members had resigned and inquired about the possibility of transferring ownership of the parks to the respective areas they are located.
Council President Mike McCullough said that option has been considered many times, but nothing has come of it. He added it may be difficult to do so as some of the parks do not have a specified town to which they could be transferred to.
To look into the matter more in depth, Commissioner Withers and Council Member Steve Withers will work together to discover who, if anyone, the parks could be transferred to, as well as other matters pertaining to the parks.
The next meeting of the Clay County Council will be Monday, March 2, at 6 p.m., in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse.