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Commissioners vote for four-way stop

Monday, December 7, 2009

One dangerous intersection may become a little safer.

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.

Courthouse Closings

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.

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What about having a 4 way stop at 950 and Water Works Road that has many acidents because of the hill too!

-- Posted by Innocent on Tue, Dec 8, 2009, at 6:02 AM

I think that may be a city issue. Technically, one of the stop signs would be in the city and one would be county. That would be a great place to put a four way stop sign though. That would reduce the speeding cars along water works in the area of Craig Park.

-- Posted by Criminology08 on Tue, Dec 8, 2009, at 6:37 AM

If you put a 4 way there the city would lose its all important speed trap. Would'nt want to lose that revenue source.

-- Posted by reddevil on Tue, Dec 8, 2009, at 10:09 AM

thanks so mutch for putting the fourway stop. it has been a long time comming. the family of justin snow

-- Posted by msnow on Tue, Dec 8, 2009, at 10:15 AM

With the deaths of Justin Snow and Halie what we need on Kennedy Crossing is more Sheriff patrols. The county can make a ton of money from speeding fines because this road is the wild west. I have had NUMEROUS instances where people have run off the road and run through my property and run over my mail box.

There are two memorial crosses on the road to mark the spot where two children have been killed. This will sound morbid but maybe it will drive home the point. Whoever made those crosses should make another one and where the name goes it should read "Your Name Here" and take it to Northview High School. Maybe it will drive home the point that you may be young but you are not invincible or indestructible.

Whenever Northview High holds an event you can bet your last dollar that there will be students trying to break the sound barrier on Kennedy Crossing. Vandalism increases every time the school holds an event too. I have had seven mail boxes destroyed and last weekend some low lifes destroyed a gas barbeque grill that I was trying to sell. Somebody knows who is doing this and that somebody needs to tell authorities. You are either part of the solution or you are part of the problem. There is one great thing called "The Law of Averages". Sooner or later they will mess up and get caught and if you were with them you are just as guilty.

-- Posted by Ventuno on Tue, Dec 8, 2009, at 3:26 PM

Withers please step up and really thank the people that created this Anna Johnston a student at Northveiw and a group of her fellow students that made a promise to Halie to get this do.

-- Posted by Batchelor3495 on Wed, Dec 9, 2009, at 9:12 AM

I like that the people have spoken

-- Posted by sassypants on Wed, Dec 9, 2009, at 9:59 AM

If you want to solve the problem on kennedy crossing you need to just go to northview parking lot at around 2:30 m-f. with an open mind just set there and watch what is going on.

-- Posted by OLDTIMER42 on Wed, Dec 9, 2009, at 2:51 PM

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