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Commissioners approve key resolution

Monday, March 1, 2010

Although admitting to being "very uncomfortable" wearing his first pair of blue jeans in decades, Clay County Commissioner Paul Sinders (center) was all smiles during Monday's meeting when it was announced the final tally for the Clay County Courthouse fundraiser for the YMCA 2010 Strong Kids Campaign was $215. Joining Sinders for the announcement was (front, left) Clay County Prosecutor Lee Reberger, Deputy Prosecutor Kim Jackson, (back) along with fellow Commissioners Jack Withers and Charlie Brown dressed in their "Sunday" best. [Order this photo]
The Clay County Commissioners are continuing to promote economic development in the county.

During Monday's meeting, a resolution was unanimously approved designating the entire county as an Economic Recovery Zone.

The designation allows the county to use more than $3 million in Economic Recovery Zone Bonds allocated as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Stimulus).

"There really is no downside to designating the entire county as an Economic Recovery Zone," Attorney Lou Britton said. "It allows the county to be as flexible as it wants to be because there is no limitation in locating a business and the bonds may be awarded for any site within the county."

Of the total bond amount allocated, $1,209,000 is for public projects, such as infrastructure, and $1,813,000 is in Recovery Zone Facility Bonds, which may be used by private businesses within the recovery zone.

Britton added there are no local funds included in the bonds, which must be used by the end of 2010.

Meanwhile, the commissioners addressed an issue about an "unimproved" county road.

Brazil resident Jerry Stearley, along with his attorney, James Deal, requested for a road to be put in along County Road 100 East, south of CR 600 N.

"There appears to be a dead end where it meets CR 600 N, but according to the plat books, it shows CR 100 E running down to CR 500 N," Deal said. "In looking back at the records, there was an attempt to close that portion of the road in 1899, but it was not accepted."

Stearley added the "road" is the only access to 40 acres of land he inherited following his father's death in 2003, but a portion of it passes through a corner of another property, owned by Troy Stanton.

"My property is about 2,000 feet south of CR 600 N, along CR 100 E," he said. "However, before it gets to my property, it crosses over a corner of property owned by Stanton, and I have been unable to purchase an easement. Plus, I have been trying for the last six years to get a road put in."

Citing the county's financial issues, Commissioners' President Charlie Brown attempted to work out another solution.

"I would love to put a road in for you, but tell me how we're going to pay for it," Brown said. "We only have a limited amount of money available, and we have to fix potholes. How do I explain to someone whose car is damaged or child is injured on a school bus hitting a pothole that we couldn't fix the hole because we put in a road."

Brown added current roads are the priority with the available funds, but suggested cutting back brush and trees to allow a better path for Stearley to access his property.

Stearley said he is OK with that suggestion for the time being, and will meet with Clay County Highway Superintendent Pete Foster Thursday to mark off the correct area.

"Right now, I don't care," Stearley said. "I will drive on a dirt road for a while."

In other business during Monday's meeting, the Clay County Commissioners:

* Received an update from Matt Reed regarding grants and the status of a stimulus application for a new Posey Volunteer Fire Department firehouse. Reed said it is approaching six months of waiting for approval, and although there are extension options available, construction must be completed by September 2012.

* Accepted grant applications for the STOP and VOCA grants, as well as a subgrant agreement for a $31,285 Homeland Security Grant, which will pay for exercises and training for District 7. The Commissioners also renewed a contract with Malinowski Consulting, Inc., for cost allocation plans for through 2011. Through an indirect cost audit, between $28,000-$30,000 per year can be reimbursed back to the county's General Fund,

* Heard a request from Clay County Chamber of Commerce representatives Toni Carter and Phil Redenbarger for the county to consider instituting planning and zoning. Carter and Redenbarger also presented a portfolio of information for consideration, and

* Delayed making a decision after a presentation from Lola Materna, Indiana representative for Patient Assistance, regarding the distribution of prescription discount cards. Materna said the cards are good at all large pharmacies, but Brown wanted to wait on a decision in order to find out how it would affect the smaller, non-chain pharmacies in the county.

The next meeting of the Clay County Commissioners will be 9 a.m., Monday, April 5, in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse.

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LOL, that's the first time I've ever seen Paul Sinders in blue jeans.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Mon, Mar 1, 2010, at 10:34 PM

If the total amount raised in the Court House was $215.00, I would have a bag over my head instead of a big "re-elect me smile" on my face...

-- Posted by ucantbserious on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 11:27 AM

Surely the county won't put a road in for one person. If they do, then we will also be required to maintain it for one person. "Right now, I don't care," Jerry Stearley said. "I will drive on a dirt road for a while." I know if it were me, I'd be driving on a dirt road for a LONG while.

-- Posted by My opinion counts on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 11:48 AM

215$ is a paltry sum but they tried. Lee Reberger has time for the picture because he has never tried a case!

-- Posted by Mrs. Positive on Tue, Mar 2, 2010, at 3:37 PM

Jerry, it is my understanding now that if you need a road, just make one. Platted or not, if you drive on someone else's property or easement then after a while it suddenly becomes a "road". If you do have a way to get to your property and it has been legalized as a road, then good for you. At least you won't have to drive on the other person's easement. I thought plat books showed what could or could not be considered a road. Wrong!! Apparently title work and deeds for your property aren't right either. Platted roads suddenly disappear if someone just wants to drive across someone else's deeded easement. (Even if they don't have a reason to, because they can and still do use the actual platted road.) Watch out property owners, your driveway might suddenly become a road!! Especially if you have a "friend" at the courthouse. Change the facts, "then" ask for legal advice about how to handle things the correct way. Property owners, check out your legal decriptions and stay on top of what you do or do not own! Does anyone else use this "road" or just you Jerry? Good man for not driving over someone elses easement if you have another way. I am sure they appreciate it.

-- Posted by Say it again girl! on Thu, Mar 4, 2010, at 2:16 PM

Excuse me, there is "not" a final decision made on the first part of my comments. I did want to clarify that. I wouldn't advice it, but if you do access the other persons deeded easement, make sure you drive like you're always late,therefore destucting their easement, and drive in the middle of their front yard. Then attempt to run over them when they are mowing or maintaining their property (witnesses are out there). The best for last, is just LIE, or suddenly lose your memory. That "might" (again, not sure the decision is still out on that one), get you an easement. The situation I am referring to is not a county road, it is a private area and individually maintained . As for James Deal, he is an honest man who goes by actual facts, and works to help his clients by those facts. I hope that everyone values his dedication to Clay County. I apologize for the lenghty opinions and names have been left out for privacy.

-- Posted by Say it again girl! on Thu, Mar 4, 2010, at 6:04 PM

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