Contracts to repair 25 columns in the rotunda and Treasurer's Office at the Clay County Courthouse and to reseal the parking lot at the Clay County Justice Center were tentatively accepted, pending the approval of funding by the Clay County Council.
The contract to repair the courthouse columns was presented by Mike Conly, AIA Principal for Architura Corp., Indianapolis, at an estimated cost of $19,500. The work would repair the cracks in the columns and maintain the scagliola design.
For the justice center parking lot, Minor Asphalt, Reelsville, provided the lowest quote ($4,750) to fill in the cracks, place a double seal and restripe the lot, and was awarded the work over Central Indiana Asphalt, Inc., Seelyville ($7,650), and Lowe's Blacktop and Excavating, Terre Haute (12,944).
Meanwhile, the Commissioners also approved the potential purchase of a multi-purpose brush truck from Kid Cars, Rockford, Ill., at a cost of $24,995, which may be made by the end of the month, a quote of $35,000 from Matrix Integration, Jasper, for the equipment and parts necessary to install a new phone system at the courthouse and justice center, and approved costs incurred for additional work needed in the repair of Bridge 245 in Lewis Township.
Upon the replacement of the bridge, it was discovered a water line which is a direct feed to the City of Jasonville needed to be moved as the foundation of the bridge was too close.
The county and Jasonville agreed to each pay half of the expenses, meaning the county was responsible for $6,242.08.
In other business during Tuesday's meeting, the Clay County Commissioners:
* Passed the second reading of an ordinance setting the maximum speed limit of County Road 750 North, between State Road 59 and Murphy Ave., at 40 miles per hour. They also heard a request from resident Susan White to place speed limit signs on the same stretch of CR 800 N. The commissioners said they would check into the matter and wanted to review the ordinance in place for the road, west of SR 59, to see if it applies to CR 800 N from the Clay-Vigo, to the Clay-Putnam lines,
* Heard concerns and complaints from resident John Stevenson regarding the unprofessional behavior of TransCare employees during the treatment, transport and care of a family member in August. Commissioners' President Charlie Brown said the incident is being investigated.
* Approved the transfer of insurance to the replacement jail transport vehicle. The former transport vehicle was deemed totaled by the county's insurance company after it was involved in a wreck last month, and
* Approved a maintenance agreement with Indiana Business Equipment, Terre Haute, for a scanner which will be in the Auditor's Office, at a cost of $45 every three months. The agreement covers up to 1,500 copies to be made during that time period, with an additional cost of 2 cents per copy after the initial 1,500.
Brown also recognized the effort of volunteers throughout the county who graciously assist others and the county without the expectation of compensation.
"It is these individuals who make this community a great place to live in," Brown said.
The commissioners also set a special meeting for 10 a.m., Friday, to discuss a resolution to assign tax certificates to the City of Brazil for the purposes of being included in the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, which is grant funded, and a contract with Verizon for the PRI Circuit system.
The next regular meeting of the Clay County Commissioners will be 9 a.m., Monday, Oct. 5, in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse.