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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Clay County Commissioner's President Charlie Brown
The Clay County Commissioners met Tuesday for their monthly meeting and discussed a stretch of County Road 1385 N.

Steve Strain, a county resident who lives on the portion of the road, attended the meeting to bring up the issue of dust coming off the half-mile gravel road.

"It's flume; it is not white rock," Strain said. He explained the half-mile stretch of gravel road carries dust, and his wife has asthma. He said there are six homes along the road and a lot of traffic because of local churches. People drive 50-60 mph along the road, he said.

"I'm begging you guys to do something with this road," Strain said to the commissioners. But the commissioners weren't sure they could help.

"I don't know where to come up with the funding," President Charlie Brown said. "If we have material left over from Rio Grande, we can see what we can do. I can't promise anything."

Rio Grande Road is being repaired due to a crane accident causing damage to the road.

Strain wasn't only upset about the gravel, but also the speed limit.

Sheriff Mike Heaton explained all county roads have a 55 mph limit unless otherwise posted, and if it is in a residential area, the speed limit is 30 mph.

"Six houses in a half-mile is pushing it unless the county sets an ordinance, then it would be 45 mph," Heaton said.

Clay County Sheriff Mike Heaton
After Strain left, Brown said, "My heart goes out, but I don't have an answer."

Meanwhile, the commissioners discussed an ordinance for animal rescue. President Charlie Brown has been researching how other counties handle this issue.

"I want people in this area to know we haven't forgot about them," Brown said.

Heaton said the Sheriff's Department takes 40-45 calls a month dealing with animals.

"It takes up quite a bit of time," he said. "You're talking 3-4 hours to a couple days because we can't just go pick up the animal -- that's theft -- we have to have a warrant."

Money is also an issue. Brown noted that the county is "paying $30-50,000 because people can't take care of their animals."

Attending the meeting, Martin Weaver, who helped found the Humane Society in Orange County, Ind., spoke up.

"This is not an animal issue, but a people issue," he said. "We found tight spay and neuter laws helped."

Those involved in the discussion mentioned that it would be hard to get those who are actually causing this problem to pay for the animals. An ordinance is in place currently, but the collection is not being enforced.

"Everybody should take responsibility for their animals, but unfortunately, we live in a society where people don't take responsibility for things they are responsible for," Commissioner Paul Sinders said.

"It's an emotional issue," Weaver said. He explained that some people dump their animals because they can't take care of them anymore, and that these animals end up hurting children or elders or even causing property damage.

"Solutions are simple," he said. "It's just hard."

Other issues discussed during the meeting included

* Commissioners signed the contract for the demolition of the old jail,

* Clay County Emergency Management Director Bryan Husband reported that Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) denied individual assistance funding because there wasn't enough need in the state to declare the April flooding a disaster. However, the county was approved for public assistance, including highway repairs. Due to the current hurricanes affecting the East coast, there will be a delay on the payment,

* The commissioners discussed a property on CR 425 W, that is in foreclosure and involved in legal complications. Currently, the county is in communication with a company in California to maintain the property,

* The commissioners approved a change order for Bridge No. 84, where two projects at the same site are being done by the same contractor. This order had no additional costs.

* The weight limit of CR 300 E, off United States 40, was discussed. Ordinance #17-2011 was adopted, stating 12-ton maximum weight limit,

* Ordinance #16-2011 was adopted, changing the speed limit on CR 950 N, from CR 200 to Kennedy Crossing, to be 40 mph. The speed limit on CR 950 N, from CR 200 W to Desart Street, will now be 35 mph, and

* Commissioners approved Zac Chambers as a member of the Brazil Library Board for a four-year term.

Next month's commissioners meeting will be on Monday, Oct. 3.

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whats the chances getting some ditches on cty rd 800 north west of 59 current conditions rain drains down middle of road no drainage ditches either side road good job guys

-- Posted by buddry55 on Wed, Sep 7, 2011, at 4:50 PM

Hum the county is only paying the humane shelter 26,000 a yr and they are always full. So where is the other 30,000 coming from and where did it go.

-- Posted by oknow on Thu, Sep 8, 2011, at 3:38 PM

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