The Clay County Council made quick work of its agenda Monday night, passing multiple appropriations.
Among the appropriations approved included:
* $99,000 in the Commissioner Fund for the cost of keeping juveniles, which corrects an error in which only $1,000 had been requested when the budget was submitted for review rather than the typical $100,000,
* $3,685 in the Superior Court Fund in the court reporter line item. Clay County Auditor Mary Jo Alumbaugh explained during the meeting the amount is paying for unused sick days for an employee who is retiring. She told The Brazil Times the only way to qualify for the sick day payout is to be a full-time county employee with PERF or Sheriff's Pension benefits, and retire, and
* A total of $30,870 in the County Public Safety LOIT Fund for supplies, uniforms and new laptop computers for the squad cars. Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton a portion of the money is a reimbursement from a grant for bulletproof vests, and the laptops are approximately 5-7 years old and need to be replaced. Clay County Information Services Director Scott Hill added the average lifespan for a laptop in this capacity is about 3 years.
Meanwhile, the council approved final action on an amended salary ordinance of $18,000 annually for the position of Health Officer.
With council member Chip Hoskins not in attendance, the council also accepted the first reading of two other amended salary ordinance requests.
One was for a $15 per hour salary for an office assistant to be paid out of Adult Probation User Fees. The reason for the request is one employee is temporarily off work under the Family Medical Leave Act and a part-time employee has picked up additional duties and hours. If the second reading is accepted in April, the salary would be effective back to Feb. 23 until the employee on leave returns.
The other request was for $13.13 per hour for secretary training through the Local Health Maintenance Fund. Clay County Public Health Nurse Kim Hyatt told the council the current secretary at the Clay County Health Department is retiring July 1, but has vacation time built up to where the individual will be leaving June 9, and the salary rate would be temporary for the replacement during the time gap. This ordinance will also be up for second reading and final action during the council's next meeting at 6 p.m., Monday, April 4, in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse.