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Council discusses financial requests

Monday, June 21, 2010

Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton
The Clay County Council met in special session Monday to discuss a couple of financial requests.

Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton presented a request for a $4,500 additional appropriation in the Drug Forfeiture Fund, under the Investigative Expenses line item.

"This funding is for additional drug investigations," Heaton told the council. "Even with the recent warrant sweep, our detectives are continuing to work on more cases."

When asked about Thursday's sweep, Heaton acknowledged there were many repeat offenders picked up, but a few new ones were arrested as well.

"It's a never-ending battle with some of the offenders," he said. "It's almost like a revolving door with some of them, but we are catching new ones in the process as well."

He added Clay County is not alone in its dilemma regarding drug offenders.

"We are no different than any other county," Heaton told the council. "The same problems are going on in other counties as well."

Council members expressed appreciation for the work Heaton and the Clay County Sheriff's Department does, and unanimously approved the request.

Meanwhile, the council approved the second reading of an amended salary ordinance regarding the Prosecutor Incentive Fund.

The request was for an "as needed basis" employee at a rate of $71/day, which is the same for all county employees working under a daily wage rate.

The individual to be chosen for this position will be a current part-time county employee who will fill in "as needed" when other Prosecutor's Office employees are attending conferences or training.

The next meeting of the Clay County Council will be 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 6, in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse.

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I beleive the county council is doing as good a job with our tax dollars as any council I can remember. I also appreciate the relationship they share with the sheriff's department. Keep up the good work.

Are there any grants out there to help with the county roads???

-- Posted by jddriver4960 on Mon, Jun 21, 2010, at 10:33 PM

Funny how this comes after the last week of stories that have been in the newspaper. Coincidence..... I think not!

-- Posted by Innocent on Tue, Jun 22, 2010, at 7:07 AM

Well, gee Innocent, usually when you arrest a group of people for drugs that leads to more crimes and criminals to investigate. So my guess is that, by your definition, it's not a coincidence.

-- Posted by Village_Id10t on Tue, Jun 22, 2010, at 2:20 PM

Innocent- if you're implying that the Sheriff went after tax dollars after making some arrests, I don't believe that is how it is. From the story it looks like he's asking for money from the drug forfeiture fund, which I think (could be wrong)is money that they seized from druggies. If it is, I love that they're using drug dealers money to catch more drug dealers and not raising my taxes for it. If I misunderstood your comment, I apologize.

-- Posted by snow on Wed, Jun 23, 2010, at 5:10 PM

Snow: You're exactly right. I happened to be in attendance at the county council meeting on June 7th. A representative of the sheriff's dep't.(one of the deputies i believe) was at that meeting and told the council members that the dep't.needed this money to continue their investigations. It is not taxpayer dollars, it is drug forfeiture money, so they're using money confiscated from arrests and using it to make more arrests. And a note to "innocent", it was not a coincidence that they just happened to ask for the money right after the big bust, any appropriation of additional funds such as this has to be advertised at least 10 days prior to the council meeting. They were'nt able to get the request for funds advertised in time to get it done at the June meeting, hence, a special meeting was held to make the funds available so they could proceed with their work without having to wait until the July council meeting. I say "Good Job' to the officers and the council members for doing their jobs. Keep up the good work.

-- Posted by open minded on Wed, Jun 23, 2010, at 7:45 PM

open minded- thank you for the information and I echo your "Good Job" sentiment-we've got some good people working in our local government.

-- Posted by snow on Thu, Jun 24, 2010, at 12:34 AM

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