The Clay County Council spent the majority of its final meeting of the year Monday tying up loose ends in preparation for 2010.
In order to officially complete the budget for 2010, the council had to review and make minor cuts to the Clay City License Branch budget.
"The Clay City License Branch is funded solely from user fees and state funding. No tax dollars are used to operate it," Council President Mike McCullough said. "However, the way things stand right now, it is essentially breaking even."
During Monday's meeting and September's budget hearings, multiple options were considered to generate more funds to better keep the branch up and running. Some of the options included requesting more funding from the state, petitioning the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to allow the branch to be open on Monday's or, as a last option, raising user fees from $4 to $5 per transaction.
Clay County Commissioner Paul Sinders informed the council he has not received word from the state regarding the request for more funding at this time.
With the options still in the air, the council decided to reduce the salary for the full-time clerk at the branch to $22,000, which is down from the requested amount of $23,000.
Council members said the cut put the license branch below the budget it had for 2009 and should help it maintain operations. The council approved the budget 6-1, with Brian Wyndham casting the lone vote in opposition.
In other business during Monday's meeting, the Clay County Council:
* Approved its 2010 meeting schedule and a salary ordinance for all county employees, as amended to correct minor errors and typos. As part of the meeting schedule, the council set its 2010 budget hearings for Sept. 7-9, in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse. Budget hearings will begin at 1 p.m., Sept. 7, and 9 a.m., Sept. 8-9. Also, due to budget hearings, the regularly scheduled meeting for Sept. 7 will take place at 5 p.m., rather than the typical 6 p.m. start time,
* Accepted transfers -- with a 6-1 vote as Larry Moss opposed -- totaling $1,000 within the Superior Court Fund from public defender to the juror mileage and meals/lodging line items, $6,300 within the Circuit Court Fund from petit jury to supplies and another $300 from change of venue reporter and bailiff line items to law books, a combined $5,120.72 in the Information System Fund from software, training, computer hardware maintenance and workstations to computer hardware, and $418.28 in the Highway Fund from gas, oil and lube to the Gasoline Pup/Control Box line item. The council also approved a separate transfer within the E-911 Administration Fund of a combined $30,000 between the health insurance, MO network charge and PSAP equipment maintenance and repair line items for the possible purchase/lease of a new 911 recorder, and
* Approved an additional appropriation of $33,025 in the Highway Fund to allow the usage of the funds provided by the United Way of Terre Haute through the Lilly Foundation for the purchase of riprap to repair issues along River Road that stemmed from the June 2008 flood.
The next meeting of the Clay County Council will be 6 p.m., Jan. 4, 2010, in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse.
In the article, "Council makes end-of-year adjustments," which appeared in the Dec. 9 edition of The Brazil Times, it was reported the council reduced the requested salary for the full-time clerk at the Clay City License Branch to $22,000. The clerk received a salary of $21,500 in 2009, and the salary of $23,000 is what had been requested as the clerk's salary for 2010, meaning this individual is receiving a $500 increase in salary for the upcoming year.
Meeting dates for 2010
The following is a list of meeting dates for the Clay County Commissioners and Clay County Council for the year 2010.
The commissioners meet at 9 a.m., while the council meets at 6 p.m., on each date, with the exception of Sept. 7, 2010, as the council will meet at 5 p.m., as it coincides with its annual budget hearings.
All meetings are scheduled to take place in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse.
* Monday, Jan. 4,
* Monday, Feb. 1,
* Monday, March 1,
* Monday, April 5,
* Monday, May 3,
* Monday, June 7,
* Tuesday, July 6,
* Monday, Aug. 2,
* Tuesday, Sept. 7,
* Monday, Oct. 4,
* Monday, Nov. 1, and
* Monday, Dec. 6.