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Commissioners helping to set hearing

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

The Clay County Commissioners are helping a group of residents attempt to learn more about a potential project.

On Monday, the commissioners requested their attorney, Eric Somheil, write a letter on their behalf to be submitted to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management requesting a public hearing about the project Midwest Gas Storage Inc., is seeking from the Office of Air Quality.

Residents living in Van Buren Township addressed the commissioners with their concerns about the project which, according to the permit application filed with IDEM, "The applicant intends to construct new equipment that will emit air pollutants."

Midwest Gas currently has property located at 499 East County Road 1350 North, and the nearby residents would like to know more about the project, specifically the potential hazards involved, along with the possible noise levels.

Another complaint the residents had was that none of the adjacent landholders received any legal notification about the project like they were supposed to, but had come across the notice in the newspaper and reviewed the permit application and IDEM's preliminary findings, which are on file at the Brazil Public Library.

They added they are neither in favor nor against the project, but would just "like to know exactly what they're doing."

Some of the residents are submitting letters of their own, requesting the public hearing take place in Brazil, and requested the additional letter from the commissioners because they felt it may provide more leverage to make the hearing happen.

Meanwhile, the commissioners also received details about the upcoming water system project in Jasonville, along with a request to make road cuts as part of the project.

Hannum, Wagle and Cline Engineering representatives Lindsey Glover (Terre Haute office) and John Query (Indianapolis office) broke down a portion of the projects that includes a two-and-a-half-mile stretch of road on CR 500 W in Clay County.

Among the 18 places on the itemized list provided to the commissioners, 17 were requesting road cuts.

The commissioners expressed concerns about the condition of the roads being put back to at least their original condition, which are currently chip and seal construction.

Query replied, "Anything disturbed will be replaced with hot mix asphalt, and the trenches will also be backfilled in accordance to both Indiana Department of Transportation and county standards."

It was also requested that the contractor on the project obtain at least a 4-year road maintenance bond with a total price of $100,000.

With the project to begin sometime in the spring, Glover and Query agreed to take the request for the road bond to the contractor and all parties decided to discuss the matter further at a later date.

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

* All Highway bids received were taken under advisement to compare the figures,

* The discussion of renewing the Clay County Humane Society's contract was tabled until January to allow a fully updated contract to be provided. All terms are slated to remain the same, but the date terms of the contract were inaccurate,

* Approval was made on a new copier lease request by Clay County Clerk Vickie Wheeler. The lease, which has a 60-month term at a cost of $167 a month, is contingent on Somheil's approval of the contract,

* It was agreed to solicit quotes from at least three companies for the potential purchase of a new backhoe for the Clay County Highway Department,

* The Community Corrections Grant, which pays salaries for the department, was approved for the 2012 Fiscal Year, which begins July 1, 2011, and

* Appointments were made to the Alcohol Beverage Commission (Robert Longo), Brazil City Planning Commission (Eric Wyndham), Clay County Health Board (Dr. Rick Rodgers and John Rissler), Commissioners' Attorney (Somheil), Clay County Personnel Administration Committee (Paul Sinders), West Central Indiana Economic Development District (Charlie Brown) and Western Indiana Private Industrial Council (Brown).

The next meeting of the Clay County Commissioners will be 9 a.m., Monday, Jan. 3, in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse.


Courthouse Closures

The following is a list of days in 2011 in which the Clay County Courthouse will be closed for business. The list reflects that of the holiday closure schedule set for state governmental buildings.

* New Year's Day -- Friday, Dec. 31, 2010,

* Martin Luther King, Jr. Day -- Monday, Jan. 17, 2011,

* Good Friday -- Friday, April 22, 2011,

* Primary Election Day -- Tuesday, May 3, 2011,

* Memorial Day -- Monday, May 30, 2011,

* Independence Day -- Monday, July 4, 2011,

* Labor Day -- Monday, Sept. 5, 2011,

* Columbus Day -- Monday, Oct. 10, 2011,

* General Election Day -- Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011,

* Veteran's Day -- Friday, Nov. 11, 2011,

* Thanksgiving -- Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011,

* Lincoln's Birthday -- Friday, Nov. 25, 2011,

* Washington's Birthday -- Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, and

* Christmas Day -- Monday, Dec. 26, 2011.



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