Highlights of business conducted during Monday morning's meeting of the Clay County Commissioners included:
* Upgraded communications
The commissioner approved, pending review by legal counsel, a District 7 Communications Grant from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. Clay County Emergency Management Director Bryan Husband said the grant will go toward purchasing 800 MHz radios and other communication needs for five of the seven counties in the district, although Clay, Sullivan and Greene counties would be receiving the bulk of the available funds.
* More bridge work
The commissioners declared a pair of public safety emergency situations on a county bridge and road, and are requesting quotes for the work.
Commissioner Paul Sinders said Bridge 245, located on County Road 400 West, 0.2 miles north of CR 1350 S., Lewis Township, is in bad shape and badly needs replaced.
"According to the bridge report done in 2006, the anticipated remaining life of the bridge was a few years, and this was before the flood," he said, adding the bridge was built in 1925. "Also, it is only 16-and-a-half-feet wide, which makes it non-functional for many farmers in the area."
Commissioner Jack Withers said the other side of the county has an area in need of repair as well.
Withers said CR 1300 N., between CR 200 and 300 E., has been in bad shape since the flood, which Clay County Highway Superintendent Pete Foster concurred.
"We have to close that part of the road every time we get a significant rain," Foster said. "The flood washed out most of the asphalt and we put rock back on it after it rains."
Husband said some money from the flood recovery efforts may be available to cover a portion of the costs of putting in tank cars in both locations.
A motion to seek quotes for both areas was approved as well as a separate motion to request assistance from the United Way in order to potentially secure the available funds Husband spoke of.
The quotes on both projects will be opened in a special meeting Monday, March 23, at 10 a.m., in the Commissioners' Courtroom of the Clay County Courthouse.
* Advocate's grants
Clay County Domestic Violence Victim's Advocate Susan Sneddon addressed the commissioners regarding applying to renew two grants which allow for the employment of victim's advocate positions. Sneddon said the S.T.O.P. (Services Training Officers Prosecutors) Violence Against Women and Victims of Crime Act grants aid the Clay County Prosecutor's Office by allowing the hiring of victim's advocates without the use of taxpayer dollars. Sneddon said herself and fellow victim's advocate Lea Vandever assisted approximately 400 domestic violence victims and 1,500 other victims of violence. The commissioners allowed the progress of the application process, which labels the Clay County Auditor's Office as the fiscal agent.
* Ag days
Clay County 4-H Ag Extension Educator Melanie Brown presented a proclamation for March 19-20 to be the official Ag Days for 2009. Brown said Ag Week begins March 16, the Annual Ag Dinner will be at 6:30 p.m., March 19, in the 4-H Exhibit Hall and March 20 will be the fourth-grade Field Day at the 4-H Fairgrounds.
The commissioners approved the proclamation and the 2009 Extension Service Agreement with Purdue.
* New squad cars
Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said the three new vehicles purchased by the Clay County Sheriff's Department are due in this month and requested a preliminary approval of the lease, pending review from legal counsel when the documents come in, which the commissioners gave their support. Heaton also informed the commissioners they would have to sign off on the titles of the older vehicles, which will be traded in.
The next regular meeting of the Clay County Commissioners will be Monday, April 6, at 9 a.m., in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse.