The Clay County Council started off the New Year by making sure everything is up to speed.
During Monday's meeting, the council approved numerous additional appropriations, which had been agreed upon during budget hearings in September 2009.
Because the council had been working on the 2010 budget in 2009, any increases to line items advertised had to wait until the new year began.
Among the appropriations included a total of $222,255 in the Rainy Day Fund for insurance and Sheriff's Pension line items, and $50,000 in the E-911 PSAP Fund for Health Insurance.
The council also rectified a typographical error within the Reassessment Fund for health insurance by approving an additional appropriation of $19,476. During budget hearings, the amount had been listed and advertised as $1,947.60.
Also approved was a total appropriation of $10,900 in the Local Emergency Planning Commission (LEPC) Fund for office and HazMat Incident supplies, training and contractual services.
Meanwhile, the council also approved amended salary ordinances setting the salary for employees working during the H1N1 vaccination clinics -- which is being paid through grant funding -- the Clay City License Branch Clerk ($22,000) and Jailers at the Clay County Justice Center ($25,755).
Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton informed the council the jail is doing away with the nurse position and adding a jailer, increasing the total to 11.
"It will not be alleviating the county's liability as we are going to be using a contracted medical service like we have in the past," Heaton said. "Also, this move will reduce costs within our budget."
He briefly discussed the topic of purchasing new bulletproof vests for the Clay County Sheriff's Department, citing the county is receiving a grant for approximately $11,000, but more funding needs to be found to make up the difference of costs, which is about $30,000 for the vests. The matter will be discussed further during the February meeting.
In other business during Monday's meeting, the council re-appointed Mike McCullough and Rita Rothrock as council president and vice president, respectively, along with re-appointing individuals to the Alcohol Beverage Commission, Clay County Redevelopment Commission, Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals, West Central Indiana Economic Development District and Clay County Personnel Committee.
The next meeting of the Clay County Council will be 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 1, in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse.