Two jobs coming open gave the Clay County Council something to mull over.
During its monthly meeting Tuesday, Clay County Surveyor John Keller approached the council to request filling his deputy position. The current deputy surveyor has accepted the deputy position in the Treasurer's Office.
During budget hearings in September 2010, the council requested all elected officials and officeholders approach them when a spot opens up in order to review whether the job would need to be filled.
"Since I have been on the council, every time we go through the budgets we have discussed making this a part-time position," council member Larry Moss said. "Now may be the time to do this."
Keller told the council other counties do have part-time deputies and admitted there are some days where there is not enough to do, while on others "you can't sit down."
Moss added even by reducing the amount of working hours for the position to less than 30 per week, it would be a significant savings to the county.
"At about 28 hours, we would be able to cut out the benefits, but at the same time it would be enough hours to get the job done," he said.
The council tossed around suggestions of having the Surveyor's Office open three days a week, or possibly keeping it open all five days, but with shortened hours.
"We are trying to pinch and save everywhere we can," Council President Mike McCullough said. "However, with the full year's salary already budgeted, we are just making suggestions at this time, but come budget hearing time, we will have to make a determination."
Meanwhile, the council approved a request to fill a separate position that is also opening up.
Clay County Clerk Vickie Wheeler informed the council Election Clerk Beth Mallinak has filed paperwork announcing her retirement.
Wheeler said Mallinak's last official day will be Aug. 1, and she is the lone full-time position in the office.
"John Turner holds the part-time position, so replacing Beth is a definite need," she said. "While she is officially retiring Aug. 1, she will be taking the last two weeks of July off to use up her vacation days."
After minimal discussion, the council agreed there is a need to fill the position and gave Wheeler permission to post the opening and hire a replacement.
In other business during Tuesday's meeting, the council:
* Approved an amended salary ordinance setting compensation for Clay County Community Corrections employees, as well as positions paid for through the STOP and VOCA grants. Positions in Community Corrections are also paid through grants and project income, not tax dollars, and
* Approved additional appropriations in the Plat Book Fund for eGIS Installation ($7,000) and eGIS Maintenance ($6,250), along with $400 in the Rotary Fuel Fund for sales tax. The council denied an $8,000 appropriation request in the Rotary Fuel Fund for fuel and lubricants after Clay County Auditor Mary Jo Alumbaugh provided information that at this time, there are not enough resources available to generate that amount of funding by the end of the year. She added a representative of the Aviation Board was invited to the meeting to explain the request and potential revenue flow, but was not in attendance. Despite the denial, the council could revisit the issue at a later date if further information is provided.
The next meeting of the Clay County Council will be 6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 1, in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse.