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Commissioners tie up loose ends

Friday, August 21, 2009

Paul Sinders
The Clay County Commissioners conducted a special meeting Thursday to tie up some loose ends.

A contract agreement was signed to allow Umbaugh and Associates, Indianapolis, to conduct a parcel-by-parcel Circuit Breaker Impact review for all of the taxing units.

Due to a section in the agreement stating costs beyond the $30,000 contract amount may be incurred from additional services, Commissioner Paul Sinders requested a provision be added to the effect that any extra work would have to be submitted to the commissioners for approval prior to action being taken by representatives from Umbaugh.

"This will protect the county from having to absorb any additional costs for the project without us knowing about it," he said.

The commissioners also made the final actions to put the Clay County Economic Development Commission into existence.

Sinders' motions to nominate Bill Sisson as a member and Eric Somheil as the commission's attorney were both unanimously approved. Sisson's term will end Dec. 31, 2011, while other appointees Tom Ames (County Council nomination) and Stacy Gibbens (City Council nomination) will have their terms end on the same day in 2010 and 2009, respectively.

Meanwhile, the commissioners considered quotes for the resurfacing of the Clay County Justice Center parking lot.

Indiana Asphalt and Paving Co., Seelyville, provided the lowest quote at $7,650, while the one from Lowe's Blacktop and Excavating, Terre Haute, was $12,944.

However, the issue was tabled as the quotes included differing qualities of coat mix and the commissioners wanted to double check how healthy certain funds were to ensure the project could be funded.

The differing quality of coat mix was a factor in the decision to table the issue because the type of sealant can determine whether the parking lot would have to be resealed again in as little as two years, or as long as five. Calls will be made to the respective companies to verify the information provided in the quotes and the matter will be reconsidered during the September meeting.

During Thursday's special meeting, the commissioners also:

* Approved the first reading of an ordinance which would set the maximum speed limit on County Road 750 North, between State Road 59 and Murphy Avenue, at 40 miles per hour. The second reading and final action may be taken during the regular September meeting,

* Approved a Floodplain Improvement Plan application, which will be sent to the Department of Natural Resources, and

* Set a special meeting for 10:15 a.m., Monday, Aug. 31, to review and update on the rail study, which is being conducted on the Chinook mine property.

Due to the Labor Day holiday, the next regular meeting of the Clay County Commissioners will be 9 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 8, in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse.

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