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R.E.I.N. Committee seeking grant for community center

Friday, February 11, 2011

Another charitable organization is in the early stages of planning to construct a community center.

During Monday's meeting of the Clay County Commissioners, West Central Indiana Economic Development District Economic Development Specialist Jim Coffenberry spoke on behalf of the R.E.I.N. Committee as to its attempt to start a community center project.

"Right now, they are trying to put together an application for a planning grant out of the Community Focus Fund through the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA)," Coffenberry said. "The proposed community center would serve all of Harrison Township, and with the organization having a 501(c)3 designation, they need a city or county governmental agency to be the main applicant."

He added the committee was requesting the commissioners to sign off on a letter of intent to apply for the grant, and detailed current progress.

"The most recently completed income survey did not quite meet the 51 percent low- to moderate-income requirement," Coffenberry said. "However, another survey will be conducted."

With the last survey only a couple percentage points away from the requirement, it was felt a new one could be conducted with hopes of meeting the 51 percent.

"The survey has to have at least 300 responders," he said. "The surveys are also conducted by addresses being selected randomly by a computer, and if one address does not respond, it selects a new address until all the necessary responses are collected."

Coffenberry also informed the commissioners that a subreceipent agreement with the R.E.I.N. Committee would be required.

With all the information presented to them, the commissioners approved signing the letter of intent to apply for the grant. Coffenberry said the letter of intent was effective for nine months from the date it was signed.

Other highlights of Monday's meeting included:

* Ken Sproul requesting the replatting of Bell, Mager and Oehler lots 7 and 8 to retire an easement, which runs directly under a property. The commissioners requested he provide all the information to Commissioners' Attorney Eric Somheil to determine the correct process of action,

* The commissioners approved the sale of a 1994 Dodge Van, which was previously used as the transport vehicle for veterans. Anthony Foster had the highest of the two provided bids at $500, compared to $450 from Tom and Linda Graham. Foster will be contacted for payment, at which time the transfer of title will be completed,

* An application to the Federal Highway Administration was approved for a grant to upgrade road signs. Commissioner Paul Sinders said the department is requiring all road signs to be checked for "retroreflectivity," and the grant would reimburse the county up to 90 percent of its costs for replacing signs,

* A brief discussion about setting up a preventative maintenance plan for highways, particularly filling in cracks before they became potholes. Brazil resident Walt Moore told the commissioners he spoke with Clay County Highway Superintendent Pete Foster prior to the meeting and was pleased he was taking action in creating the program,

* Clay County Emergency Management Director Bryan Husband presented his monthly report stating a total of five people left their homes to seek shelter and assistance during the recent ice storm, but it was eventually not needed as power was restored to the two homes. However, he added the American Red Cross did provide food and snacks for the individuals during the temporary assistance.

* A resolution was signed officially setting the Commissioners' Tax Certificate Sale for 10 a.m., Thursday, April 14, and

* Approved a contract for Dr. Craig Johnson to be the deputy health officer at a compensation rate of $2,000 a year, which will be dispersed as $500 quarterly payments.

The next meeting of the Clay County Commissioners will be 9 a.m., Monday, March 7, in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse.

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