During Monday's meeting the commissioners heard proposals for numerous projects needing their assistance in some manner.
Pat Wilkinson introduced the proposal for a planning grant which would leaded to the construction of a new building which would have multiple uses, including housing the R.E.I.N. Center.
"The building would be a community center with a library, food pantry and senior nutrition center as well," Wilkinson said. "It would be constructed next to the firehouse in Clay City.
Wilkinson added there is currently an income survey being conducted in Harrison Township to determine if the area is eligible for the Community Development Block Grant through the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA).
West Central Indiana Economic Development District Economic Development Specialist Jim Coffenberry said an architectural design will also need to be in place along with match dollars from the county.
"The county would also have to select a consulting firm -- which would be on qualifications only -- to submit the report," Coffenberry said. "Harrison Township would be the subrecipient of the county on the grant as well."
The commissioners passed a motion to send a letter of intent to apply for the grant after the income survey is complete.
Meanwhile, the commissioners also approved maintenance bond requirements, pending legal counsel review, for road cuts and boring associated with the City of Brazil's Water System Improvement Projects.
Hannum, Wagle and Cline, Terre Haute, Engineer Matthew Pierce presented the preliminary requirements of $75,000 for a five-year term for the commissioners' consideration.
Commissioners' President Charlie Brown requested a longer term for continued maintenance of the roads following the completion of the projects.
Pierce said that would be no problem, adding the total amount of road affected would be about 200 feet.
With the minimal amount, the commissioners unanimously approved to amend the requirements -- which contractors would need to have -- to a seven-year term at a price of $50,000.
Marion "Sarge" Eveland also informed the commissioners of plans to purchase a new vehicle to transport veterans to and from the hospital for medical appointments.
Eveland said bids have been received -- which are effective for six months -- pricing the van at approximately $16,000.
Currently fundraisers are being planned by the American Legion Post 2, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1127 and other organizations, which have raised $2,500 so far.
Coffenberry added grants are available to obtain funds for the purchase, but a 501(c)(3) organization may need to be the lead on the application.
In other business during Monday's commissioners meeting:
* Approved a road improvement bond for McCallister Brothers to resurface 0.38 miles of road which will be affected by the Staunton Storm Sewer project. The cost of the bond is $38,000 for the project, which could start as early as May, but is dependent on the release of funding from OCRA,
* Accepted a proclamation for April 25-May 2 as Habitat Stewardship Week,
* Approved three separate grants presented by Clay County Emergency Management Director Bryan Husband. One is a Homeland Security Grant for computer upgrades, the second is for HAM radios in the E-911 dispatch center and the third was for assisting in paying levee costs,
* Accepted amending the contract with SRI, Inc., Indianapolis, which increases the costs $5 on parcels associated with the county-wide tax sale only. The cost is attached to the price of the parcels and is only collected if the property sells,
* Approved up to $3,000 of work to be done at Briley Ditch, which includes spraying and bush-hogging, and
* Set the date of the County Health Fair for Thursday, May 20. Blood work draws are scheduled to take place from 6-10 a.m., during the fair.
The next meeting of the Clay County Commissioners will be 9 a.m., Monday, May 3, in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse.
Times Staff Reporter Ivy Jacobs contributed to this article.