To begin the meeting, Emergency Management Director Bryan Husband, who is also the flood plan administrator, presented an ordinance for flood hazard areas in Clay County.
The 21-page ordinance will adopt new floodplain management regulations, which the commissioners signed and approved. It will now be sent to the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) to make sure it meets their compliance and approval.
Husband also stated he is looking into a grant by State Farm Insurance that he'd like to apply for. The money, if received, would go toward public safety handouts for the Emergency Management office, as well as materials for a preparedness workshop.
Next on the agenda, the commissioners discussed a new weight limit for County Road 300 E, off of United States 40.
Without a limit, condition will decline within the next few years due to heavy traffic from Oak Ridge Golf Course.
The commissioners decided on a 12-ton weight limit and attorney Eric Somheil will write up the proposal for approval in September.
The commissioners would like a sign with the weight limit to go on United States 40 so that trucks over the limit can choose another route before entering on the road. However, if the sign is located on United States 40, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will decide on the size and exact location of the sign.
Another road issue discussed was a change in speed limits. Due to an increase of traffic during school seasons on County Road 950 N, many residents have become concerned with the speed limit of 55 mph.
On County Road 950 N from Kennedy's Crossing Road to County Road 200 W the speed limit will change to 40 mph.
That road then becomes Central Avenue. From County Road 200 W to Desart St, the speed limit will become 35 mph if approved. Somheil will establish an ordinance regarding these issues to be approved in September.
Finally, John Keller wanted to amend a job description for deputy surveyor. The position, work schedule and status would be changed.
The duties would stay the same; however, the position would switch from full-time to part-time, going from Monday-Friday to Tuesday-Thursday for flexibility purposes. The job description amendment was approved and passed and will go into effect this month.
The Clay County commissioners plan to have a special meeting Thursday to open bids for the demolition of the county jail.