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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Enhanced security measures at the Clay County Courthouse and Justice Center may soon become a reality.

During Monday's meeting of the Clay County Council, additional appropriations were made to the Cumulative Capital Development Fund for a security camera system ($18,650), electrical work ($6,000) and a new phone system ($35,000).

Clay County Information Services Director Scott Hill asked the council to reduce the initial request for the phone system from $52,000 to the approved amount because the estimate had included both parts and labor.

"This is something I can install myself and save on the cost of labor," Hill said. "In addition, switching to a new phone system will save the county approximately $12,000-$16,000 on its current phone bill."

Both Hill and the council said this is a project the county has wanted to do since the justice center opened in 2006, but the funds had not been available in the budget until now.

Hill added the new phone will include a multi-line screen so messages may be sent out across the entire system should a situation arise in which all courthouse and justice center employees need notification.

Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton informed the council the additional cameras, which would bring the total up to about 36, will allow the Sheriff's Department the ability to see what is going on in an area where a panic button was pushed.

"It gives us the option to see what is happening through dispatch and respond accordingly," Heaton said. "It will be a benefit to know what is going on rather than basically walking into the situation blind."

While the appropriation for the phone system was approved, Hill will have to solicit at least three quotes for the parts, in accordance to Indiana Code due to the potential cost being more than $25,000.

Meanwhile, the council also approved a contract in which Umbaugh and Associates, Indianapolis, will conduct a parcel-by-parcel analysis to determine the financial affect of the property tax caps (Circuit Breaker) on the funding of taxing units throughout the county.

Council President Mike McCullough said the study will cost a total of $30,000, but has received verbal agreements from the City of Brazil and the Clay Community School Corporation to share the cost.

"Our hands are pretty much tied to where we are going to have to institute a Local Option Income Tax," McCullough said. "The study will help us figure out the best way to go and minimize how it will affect the taxpayers."

The council has set up a special meeting to discuss the potential approval of an additional appropriation for the contract at 6 p.m., Aug. 19, in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse. The council will also be conducting a preliminary budget discussion during the meeting in preparation for budget hearings, which are set for Sept. 1-3, at the same location.

In other business during Monday's meeting, the council:

* Approved a resolution for the establishment of the Clay County Economic Development Commission, which was needed, in part, because KIHM Metals is considering a $3 million bond issue. The commission is to be composed of three individuals, one apiece to be appointed by the council, Clay County Commissioners and Common Council of the City of Brazil. The council agreed to appoint Tom Ames, who also serves on the Clay County Redevelopment Commission,

* Approved a resolution for the transfer of excess levy funding from the Family and Children Fund and Children's Psychiatric Residential Treatment Services funds to the Rainy Day Fund. The two funds had been taken over by the state last year and new legislation allows for counties to recoup the remaining balances,

* Approved an amended salary ordinance for the LEPC/PRN at $20 an hour. Clay County Health Department Public Health Nurse Diane Dierks said it is for the position of a part-time nurse, and would be partially paid through a grant within the Local Health Maintenance Fund, and

* Approved separate additional appropriations of $200 for bank fees in the Jail CAGIT Fund and $6,100 for Workmen's Compensation in the E-911 Fund.

Because of the Labor Day holiday, the next regular meeting of the Clay County Council will be a 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 8, in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse.

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How abot the schools?

-- Posted by ADJ on Wed, Aug 5, 2009, at 7:47 AM

The way I see it. The schools are not on the top ten list.nor will it ever be.They should be #1.

It's sad , alot of the comments on here are about kids ,thuglets, sorry for the kids coz of parents, I don't think security in the schools are an issue to the higher ups. 1 nothing major has happened YET , or 2 they don't have kids in school, or 3 they just don't CARE.this is my opinion, and only mine . everyone has a right it theirs.

-- Posted by Sand mann on Wed, Aug 5, 2009, at 10:52 AM

The cameras would not tell the kids we dont trust them. They would tell the kids we care enough about them to worry about their safety. If we have cameras and there is a problem, then their is evidence and people can be prosecuted!

I wish the school would get MORE security!

-- Posted by sassypants on Wed, Aug 5, 2009, at 2:08 PM

How about doing nothing at all and then when something horrid happens you can say OOOPS!

-- Posted by sassypants on Thu, Aug 6, 2009, at 7:48 AM


I'm not attacking anyone but I'm

kind of confused, you say" Look at all the stabbings and murders in prison! and they have guards and so called shake-downs all the time,and then " Instead how about hiring more Hall monitors? Hey make more jobs and have another personality to talk to in the building instead of a cold camera glaring down at you!

Wow, it sounds like double talk to me.

cameras are like locks, it keep honest people honest. and security will help someone think twice . Sometimes the second think works. Not aways but don't you think we should take ALL measures in keeping our children safe? I DO, and at any cost!

-- Posted by Sand mann on Thu, Aug 6, 2009, at 7:59 AM

Victory... well said! Putting our heads in the sand will not make this go away. We need to be PROactive!

-- Posted by sassypants on Thu, Aug 6, 2009, at 9:27 AM

freedom1 ,

Come on! I see it's over your head . my point is We should do everything we can to keep our kids safe. no double talk on my part. I am sorry if you don't understand.

-- Posted by Sand mann on Thu, Aug 6, 2009, at 10:37 AM

It is over his/her head. I am sorry but cameras are just a necessary evil in this day and time!

-- Posted by sassypants on Thu, Aug 6, 2009, at 10:49 AM


hey did you listen to the President the other night talking about racial profiling?? You might want to!

And thanks for thinking I am 30... and that I am blonde. You are right on the money there buster!

I am in no way saying that these cameras will protect our kids, but they sure wont hurt. Teachers and staff cant be everywhere!

I really hope you are not on our school board! I want to think my kids are a little safer than you are willing to make them!

-- Posted by sassypants on Fri, Aug 7, 2009, at 8:49 AM

freedom1 ,

I'm happy there was no double talk.I feel for you , attacking sassypants and trying to attack me with no success I might add. I deal with people like you everyday ( thuglett, want to be Children). Helping our children is the issue . I'm sure you have personal issue but trying to air them out here isn't going to work .Try professional help! In your first comment you double talked, or maybe you are just trying to get a job. doesn't matter to me. I bet you don't believe in locking your trailer either. one of two reasons, locks won't help coz if they want it they will get in. or you don't have anything worth stealing.

I will agree with you on camera will not stop everyone. but 1 is better than none. There have been shooting in schools where the shooter records on his own cell phone.

-- Posted by Sand mann on Mon, Aug 10, 2009, at 11:00 AM

What does the schools have to do with the security of the Clay County court house ? With the increase of city and county projects and new laws and mabey enforcing the laws we have, it might bring more people to the court house. Clay county court house needs security, with Brazil growing and laws being enforced. With burn laws, litter laws, traffic laws and who knows, mabey much more.

-- Posted by garyodavis on Sun, Aug 16, 2009, at 10:10 PM

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