Clay County is moving forward with its effort to environmentally assess the old Clay County Jail.
During Monday's meeting, the Clay County Commissioners approved a motion to move forward into Phase 2 of the site review.
West Central Indiana Economic Development District Economic Development Specialist Jim Coffenberry explained funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is paying for the environmental review.
ATC Associates, Inc., Indianapolis, Brownfield Program Manager Beth Grigsby told the commissioner Phase 1 of the assessment showed the presence of asbestos in part of the old jail, but no other issues were discovered.
"Our recommendation for Phase 2 of the project is to conduct a survey of the materials with asbestos in order to help determine the potential for future demolition," Grigsby said. "The results of the study are valid as long as the conditions of the building don't change."
However, Grigsby added as time goes on without any action, the need for confirmation of the study's results would be needed.
"In Phase 2 of the environmental assessment, an industrial manager will take samples of the asbestos materials for lab analysis to determine the levels of the contaminant throughout the building," she said. "These results can be then given to a demolition contractor when the time calls for it."
Coffenberry added once Phase 2 is completed, then the decision regarding whether or not to demolish the old jail may be considered.
Meanwhile, the commissioners suspended the rules and unanimously approved an ordinance to vacate two alleyways in Perth.
The ordinance states the alleys between Chestnut and Walnut streets, along with the one between Railroad and Poplar streets in Perth be vacated, in part, because of overgrowth.
Klotz said ownership of the alleys would be split equally among the petitioners/adjacent landowners (Jacqueline Helt, Melissa Vansickle and Rusty and Evelyn Vansickle), based on the location of the respective land ownership, and easements are included for utility interests.
In other business during Monday's meeting, the Clay County Commissioners:
* Accepted a contract with Frontier Communications, which recently acquired Verizon Communications, for the E-911 phone system network. Clay County Auditor Mary Jo Alumbaugh said this is a continuation of the contract the county has had since the service was originally installed,
* Approved a $28,220 contract with Edwards Electrical and Mechanical, Inc., Indianapolis, for the work to install retrofitted lighting fixtures at the Clay County Courthouse, Clay County Justice Center and Clay County Highway Department. The funding for the work and materials came through an Energy Efficiency Community Block Grant the county received in March, and
* Appointed Clay Community School Board of Trustees member Ron Scherb to the Clay County Redevelopment Commission as a non-voting member. In recent years, state legislation has required a member of the school board to be a non-voting member of the commission.
Due to the Labor Day holiday, the next meeting of the Clay County Commissioners will be 9 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 7, in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse.