During Monday's meeting of the Clay County Commissioners, an ordinance was passed designating the intersection of Kennedy's Crossing Road and County Road 950 North to be a four-way stop.
"Personally, I feel this has been put off way too long," Commissioner Jack Withers said.
Withers, who initiated the creation of the ordinance, told The Brazil Times he has received numerous phone calls in recent months requesting something to be done.
"We've done some work out there with the cutting of brush and trees in an attempt to clear up visibility in that area," he said. "However, it was clear that what we did was not enough, and this recent accident was the last straw."
Initially, the commissioners had discussed passing the first reading only during the meeting and conducting the second reading during the January meeting, but Withers pushed for suspending the rules to pass the ordinance on the first reading, and his motion was seconded and unanimously approved.
"The people have spoken and hopefully this will make things safer in that area," Withers said. "But, work is not done as we will be doing more work -- including ditching and cutting trees -- to improve that stretch of road even more."
Meanwhile, the commissioners admitted they were not ready to make a decision regarding the ambulance service contract during the meeting like they had hoped.
"We are still trying to gather the last bit of information we need to make the most informed decision possible," Commissioners' President Charlie Brown said. "We hope to be able to make the decision in the next few days."
Representatives from both TransCare, Terre Haute, and Rural/Metro Ambulance, Indianapolis, were in attendance, and while they understood the want to make the best decision, but also recognized the need to make one quickly.
"I understand the want to get things right," Rural/Metro Paramedic Dan Pennington said during the meeting. "But time is growing short, and it will be very tough for any service to get things up and running by Jan. 1."
The commissioners added a special meeting would be set to finalize the decision and contract for ambulance service.
In other business during Monday's meeting, the Clay County Commissioners:
* Approved its meeting schedule, courthouse closings, payroll dates and claims schedule for 2010, along with making appointments to various positions for the upcoming year,
* Accepted the renewal contract with the Clay County Humane Society,
* Opened bids from seven separate companies for supplies (fuel, stone, gravel, bituminous, etc.) for the Clay County Highway Department. The bids were taken under advisement and a decision will be made at a later date,
* Agreed to approach the Clay County Council to request a transfer of $30,000 within the E-911 Fund in order to purchase a new 911 recorder. Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton told the commissioners that with constant technological advances, the recorder has become outdated and is beginning to have issues, and
* Signed an application for an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant, along with authorizing the pursuit of establishing an Economic Recovery Zone. West Central Indiana Economic Development District Economic Development Specialist Jim Coffenberry informed the commissioners there is the possibility the county could authorize the release of Economic Recovery Zone Bonds, which are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus) to businesses wanting to expand, relocate to the county or other public projects. Coffenberry said the commissioners would have to establish the recovery zone before that could happen.
The next regular meeting of the Clay County Commissioners will be 9 a.m., Jan. 4, 2010, in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse.
The Clay County Commissioners approved the following dates during Monday's meeting as official days the Clay County Courthouse will be closed in 2010. All closings are in accordance with state building closings.
* Friday, Jan. 1,
* Monday, Jan. 18,
* Friday, April 2,
* Tuesday, May 4,
* Monday, May 31,
* Monday, July 5,
* Monday, Sept. 6,
* Monday, Oct. 11,
* Tuesday, Nov. 2,
* Thursday and Friday, Nov. 25-26, and
* Thursday and Friday, Dec. 23-24.