During Monday's meeting of the Clay County Council, statements of compliance were reviewed to determine whether or not various companies are meeting performance and staffing requirements.
Clay County Auditor Mary Jo Alumbaugh informed the council they may only approve the continuation of abatements if a company submits its statement of compliance.
"The businesses are required to turn in their compliance forms in order for their abatements to continue," Alumbaugh said. "If a form is not turned in, the business will no longer receive its abatement."
Of the compliance forms submitted on personal property and/or real estate abatements, none were found in non-compliance and the council approved all requests to continue current abatements by companies which turned in the forms.
Meanwhile, the council gave permission to Clay County Treasurer Debbie James to retain her staffing level.
James told the council her first deputy has moved on to a new job and requested permission to promote one of her current deputies to the position and hire a new individual to fill the open deputy position.
During budget hearings in September 2010, the council sent a notice to all office holders asking them to come before them whenever a position becomes open so they could review whether there is a need to fill the spot.
The council expressed its appreciation to James for requesting the move and unanimously agreed it was necessary to fill the position.
In other business during Monday's meeting, the council:
* Approved an amended salary ordinance, on the first reading, to set a $27,000 annual salary for the new position of E-911 Assistant Supervisor,
* Passed an amendment in the county's handgun policy in the personnel policies handbook to meet regulations set by the policy recently passed by the Indiana State Legislature, which goes into effect July 1. Per county protocols, the amendment was also passed by the Clay County Commissioners during its meeting Monday morning,
* Approved transfers within the Highway Fund ($5,500) and Cumulative Bridge Fund ($10,400) for the purpose of upgrading Highway Department's radio communications system and the technical assistance/transportation of a bridge provided by Purdue University, respectively. Commissioners' President Charlie Brown said a review of the radio communications system found the department was sharing a channel with the Indiana Boys School in Plainfield,
* Tabled an additional appropriation request of $7,862 in the Cumulative Capital Development Fund for the repair of pillar lighting on the exterior of the courthouse, in order to wait for costs to repair the air conditioning system at the courthouse, and
* Approved additional appropriations in the General Fund ($1,520), E-911 Fund ($1,286.40) and Cumulative Bridge Fund ($205,000) for the purposes of replacing seating in Clay Superior Court, overtime and the construction contract on the Federal Bridge Project for Bridge No. 84, respectively.
Due to the Independence Day Holiday, the next meeting of the Clay County Council will be 6 p.m., Tuesday, July 5, in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse.