The Clay County Council delved into several discussions regarding financial requests during Monday's meeting.
Five requests for additional appropriations, along with a transfer request were unanimously approved. These included:
* A $41,348 additional appropriation in the Commissioners Fund under the Mental Health/Hamilton Center line item. Clay County Auditor Mary Jo Alumbaugh explained this is to replenish a portion of funding that was used for insurance, along with correcting a clerical error,
* An additional appropriation of $10,000 in the Sheriff's Fund for overtime pay. Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton said the reason for the request was due to the need to get through the remainder of the year as a deputy is currently attending training, and other deputies will be filling in on the open shifts,
* A $10,000 appropriation in the Local Road and Street Fund under road materials for oil to fill in cracks,
* Two separate requests in the Jail Fund ($19,000) and County Misdemeanant Fund ($33,000) for new jail cameras and recording equipment. Heaton told the council the requests were to cover the costs of upgrading the Clay County Justice Center's DVR recording system, which is used to record interviews that are used for evidence purposes. Clay County Information Services Director Scott Hill added the current system is capable of retaining 6-10 days worth of recordings, while the upgrade would allow for up to 9 months of recordings to be stored, and
* A transfer of $5,000 within the Circuit Court Fund from the petit jury line item to law books, in order to maintain the most up-to-date law library as possible.
In addition, the council mulled over the following amended salary ordinance requests:
* For an administrative assistant position to be paid out of the Prosecutor's Incentive Fund, the council approved a request to maintain the current straight time ($14.15 an hour) and overtime ($21.23 an hour) rates, but increase the maximum amount of overtime hours from 100 to 200 hours. The added overtime hours were requested to allow a mandated retention project to be completed prior to an audit, which has not yet been scheduled,
* Tabled a request to set an overtime rate of $27.48 an hour for a traffic control position, which would be paid out of the Prosecutor's Deferral Fund, in order to gather more information about the request, and
* Rejected a request to set salaries for WIC by declining to take action. The request for hourly rates was requested in accordance to the state's approval of the federally funded program's budget. However, the council as a whole agreed to stay consistent with its salary freeze for all county employees for the 2011 budget year.
The next meeting of the Clay County Council will be 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 6, in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse.