Two local non-profit organizations are able to receive funding from the county again.
During Monday's meeting of the Clay County Commissioners, contracts were approved to allow the county to distribute funding to Clay County Search and Rescue (CCSR) and the Clay County Historical Society.
In recent years, the organizations had been receiving funding without a contract, something the Indiana State Board of Accounts had requested be rectified before more taxpayer funds were released.
The contract with CCSR is for $7,000 in 2011, which is used for the lease of its building at 525 E. National Ave., Brazil. However, the contract may be amended in the coming months and increased to a total of $10,000.
CCSR Chief Dave Watson said the organization also currently receives allowances for fuel ($1,700) and maintenance ($1,500) out of the Emergency Management Fund.
In addition, both the county and CCSR has insurance coverage on the organization's vehicle, and there was discussion about the possibility of transferring the title over to CCSR. Once a title transfer is completed, the contract could then be amended to include the fuel and maintenance allowances.
The commissioners approved the contract with the Historical Society without discussion, which is for $15,000 in 2011.
Meanwhile, an ordinance was approved (with suspended rules) allowing the Clay County Health Department to adjust its fees for vaccines based on the cost of serums.
Public Health Nurse Kim Hyatt told the commissioners the most recent purchase of 10 Hepatitis B serums cost $327 and the Health Board recently approved an increase for the series of three vaccines to $90 ($30 per shot), which is up from $75 ($25 per shot). She added the cost of 10 Tdep serums (a combined Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis vaccine) is now $310.
The approved ordinance allows the department to adjust the cost of the vaccines at any time in the future dependent on the increase of serum costs.
In other business during Monday's meeting, the Clay County Commissioners:
* Tabled a decision on the specifications for the demolition of the old Clay County Jail. Commissioners' Attorney Eric Somheil presented a draft of the specs during the meeting, which stated the Indiana Department of Environmental Management must be notified of the demolition, and once a contractor begins the project, they would have 60 days to complete the work or daily fines would be levied. The commissioners said they will review the specifications and set a special meeting later this month to discuss the matter further,
* A letter from Environmental Protection Agency Wetland Technical Enforcement Agent Greg Carlson declaring the case regarding Briley Creek closed was approved. The ditch, located in Lewis Township, was alleged to be in violation of the Clean Water Act in 1997,
* Approval was given to release the remainder of a road bond for County Road 200 East to the Little Sandy Coal Company since all road repairs have been completed. The bond had been in place since 1996, and
* Agreed to work with representatives from Adler Energy, LC (Spencer) regarding a blanket road bond for all county roads. A price of $500,000 for the bond had been proposed during the Commissioners' February meeting, but Adler Energy President Jordan Miller said Monday that amount would hamper future development of the company and proposed the amount be $50,000. Commissioner Paul Sinders said that amount was too low, but said he and the other commissioners were willing to work with Adler to come to a fair decision that would be acceptable to both parties, yet not stymie the company's operations.
The next regular meeting of the Clay County Commissioners will be 9 a.m., Monday, June 6, in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse.