The county and the school corporation are working together to improve resources.
During Monday's meeting of the Clay County Commissioners, Clay Community School Corporation (CCSC) Building and Grounds Director Tom Reberger requested an easement to allow work to be done to connect Jackson Township Elementary to the Brazil City wastewater system.
"We have spoken to (Brazil Mayor) Ann Bradshaw and the Knightsville and Harmony sewer systems, and we have preliminary approval," Reberger said. "Jackson Township is the only one on our system and we are hoping to connect directly into the Brazil system and eliminate that operation."
Reberger informed the commissioners the current plan is to hook up the main on the east side of the school, run them near the intersection of County Road 600 North and CR 200 E., send the line west on CR 600 N. from CR 200 E. to CR 100 E., then north to CR 700 N., where it should be able to connect to the Brazil lines.
Kyle Miller, professional engineer for Schmidt Associates, Indianapolis, said the initial plans are to place the lines by boring under the roads, with minimal cutting of the roads.
"In the cases when we would have to cut the roads, we fully intent to restore them to at least its current condition, but most likely better," Miller said. "Also, to avoid having to acquire right-of-ways on private land, we are proposing the lines stay within the county's right-of-way."
Commissioners' President Charlie Brown said there are also plans to do major work on CR 100 E. in the near future and they would have to compare project schedules to avoid conflicts.
Brown also said whenever work is planned which involve county roads, the county requests a $100,000 per mile road bond. Both Reberger and Miller said they anticipated the need for a bond and they have no problem paying for the bond to cover the two miles of road involved in the project.
No action was taken on the matter because Reberger said they are still in the early planning stages.
"The project would most likely be ready for contract bids in three or four months," he said. "Right now, we are just getting verbal commitments so we can be sure we can go through with the project."
However, the commissioners did provide preliminary approval for an interlocal agreement between the county and the CCSC regarding the use of the county's radio tower.
Reberger said state statutes are requiring schools to upgrade to 800 MHz communication systems by 2011 and the CCSC has been discussing the possibility of using the tower, located in Center Point, with Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton.
"There is plenty of space on the tower for the repeater they are wanting to put in," Heaton said."
Reberger added if the school corporation would be unable to use the county's tower, they would have to build a new one, which would cost approximately $100,000.
The commissioners' approval of the agreement is subject to a review of the future written agreement.