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Board tables bus garage purchase

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Clay Community Schools (CCS) board members expected to purchase the Williams property to serve as the new CCS bus garage during Thursday evening's meeting, but decided instead to table the issue.

"As all of you know, we were going to purchase the property contingent on the title, a survey and a Phase I Environmental Report," CCS Superintendent Kim Tucker told those in attendance. "We were not able to receive all the items needed, and I plan to receive legal counsel before the purchase is made."

The board voted unanimously in favor of tabling the purchase of the property, with Vice President Tina Heffner making the motion and board member Amy Burke Adams giving the second.

"I would just like to clear up a rumor that part of the property was purchased out from underneath us," Adams said. "That is not true. We have not been deceived. We want to do what is in the best interest of the corporation and taxpayers long-term. We are not here to pander to any certain employees. Employees come and go, as do boards come and go."

During the discussion of the motion, board member Forrest Buell voiced his opinion as well.

"I'd still like to see all the questions I presented during last month's meeting answered before we make a final decision about the property," Buell said. "We need to know what it does and doesn't have."

According to board agenda items, the corporation was planning to purchase the property at a cost of $225,000, which has been "set aside in the Rainy Day Fund for quite some time ..."

Meanwhile, the board also discussed other transportation issues.

During the November school board meeting, CCS Building and Grounds Director Tom Reberger requested the purchase of a new maintenance service truck to be used as a multi-purpose vehicle.

Reberger explained to those in attendance the number of employees is outnumbering the number of service vehicles.

"We only have four trucks we are able to use," he said.

He added although they have one service truck in running condition, it isn't roadworthy due to chassis issues.

"Even if we fixed the current problem with the truck, we can't attach a snow plow to it," Reberger said. "We'd like to buy a truck we can put a snow plow on when needed, and be able to use it as a service vehicle when the weather's not bad."

The transportation office asked the board approve the request to purchase a Bowen Ford 2011 F250 Super Duty 4x4 pickup at a cost of $23,726 with funding coming from the General Fund.

However, board member Ron Scherb suggested the board consider looking into a diesel option, making an argument about the longevity of a diesel versus a gasoline engine.

Board member Jennifer Kaelber agreed.

Reberger said the problem tends not to be with the vehicles' engines but with the wear on the vehicle's body after long periods of performing strenuous jobs in harsh weather.

After discussing various possible motions, board members voted to table the decision until its next meeting.

When the board reviewed the list of options in the board packet, they decided going with the diesel option was not as economically conservative as sticking with gasoline engines.

The board voted unanimously in favor of purchasing a 2012 Chevy Silverado HD 2500 for $23,861 to be used as a snow plow and maintenance vehicle.

Heffner made the motion and Adams gave the second.

In addition to the new vehicle purchase, the board also voted unanimously in favor of repairing the 1999 Dodge maintenance vehicle for continued corporation use for light jobs. The total cost for the repair will be approximately $4,500.

In other news, CCS Transportation Director Frank Misner gave the school board members a copy of the school bus maintenance report for a bus the corporation currently uses.

"As you can see, we log everything we do to that bus from the day it comes into our possession to the day we no longer have it," Misner said.

Misner explained some state laws and regulations for retiring a school bus have changed over the years.

"There used to be a 10-year plan, eight years of service and two years as a backup, but it's changed to a 12-year plan," Misner said. "The buses that stay in town are used for 10 years and two years as spares. The buses on the rural routes are inspected and rotated as needed."

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It appears to me that the CCS Board members, and others mentioned, are "on top" of the issues reported in this article. Keep up the good work.

-- Posted by CAB (Concerns About Brazil) on Tue, Dec 13, 2011, at 7:46 PM

Employees come and go, really????? What is the average length of service of the people in transportation? Does this make good business to make this comment? I have looked into buying the property in question. There were 3 appraisals, out of 4, that were $195,000. What is the appraised value now? Just looking for more information, I may have missed out on another property. Again, I go back to a post that I made on a previous article. What are the comments on the property from those with the most knowledge? Just wanting information about the long term cost effectiveness of renovation of this property versus building to specs that the experts feel we need.

-- Posted by Ron Archer on Tue, Dec 13, 2011, at 9:05 PM

I think It's sad that not many people go to these meetings. before any stupid comments ,yes I go to most.

-- Posted by carebuttonbroke on Wed, Dec 14, 2011, at 9:40 AM

Amy Burke Adams was out of line with her comment of employees come and go. There were 7 employees of the Clay Community School Corporation at that meeting, those 7 people together have worked for the corporation a total of 159 years. I think Amy was very unprofessional and out of line by making that comment. The board voting to purchase the Williams Building is a JOKE!!! That property has been appraised 4 different times, the first appraisal was for $145,000, now it was appraised for $195,000 and we offered Mr Williams $225,000.

I don't believe property value has gone up with the economy the way it is today. I don't believe that the school board is looking out for the tax payers of Clay County. If the property is purchased, how much more money is it going to cost us tax payers to get this property up to standards?

-- Posted by bush on Wed, Dec 14, 2011, at 12:47 PM

Maybe the appraiser knew it was for CCS and jacked the value up so they would pay more! Just a thought although THAT would probably never happen! It still doesn't diminish the fact that this would be a rediculous purchase!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Wed, Dec 14, 2011, at 2:08 PM

Whoa Mrs. Adams! Employees come and go!? Really? Hoe long have the employees of the transportation dept been there. That comment was TOTALLY out of line as well as very disrespectful! Guess u will always be remembered as the board member who doesnt like school corporation employees! That must feel great!

And the bus garage was tabled AGAIN! BUT... They approved a new truck after ONE meeting?! My gosh! Guess the little purchases arent any big deal, but guess what, Those are the ones that add up! Maybe if we were more concerned with those we could afford to build a DECENT bus garage and not have to buy an already existing building and pay to fix it! Thats an idea!

-- Posted by FireWife27 on Wed, Dec 14, 2011, at 5:13 PM

Amy seems kinda arrogant to be in charge of ur skoolz WOW small towns are really confusing some times.

-- Posted by Combat VET on Wed, Dec 14, 2011, at 7:10 PM

Maybe the state could clarify the property misunderstanding.When we had a problem like this in the military we could refer to the I.G. The state AG should take a look I think. looks kinda fishy to me.

-- Posted by Combat VET on Wed, Dec 14, 2011, at 7:14 PM

Seems to be a common theme that the comment was out of line. Maybe she should have said board members come and go, but employees stay forever.

-- Posted by Ron Archer on Wed, Dec 14, 2011, at 7:38 PM

Any one of our employees can be gone in a heartbeat, for the most part we are lucky that we have them. We can lose them to many things.

I remember that "the experts" that we hired recommended building a $4 Million dollar maintenance facility, a figure that even Frank Misner and Tom Reberger both agreed privately was absurd. I would like to see something accomplished soon, after all it has been under discussion since 2008 and we have expended money several times in stopgap measures just to maintain operations (the purchase of a building for Buidings and Grounds to operate out of and "emergency" repairs to the garage just to meet requirements). It is time to "call the question", take a vote, and solve the problem. If we wait for the "perfect" solution, we will never do anything because there will always be a problem.

Now, the board and the corporation is made up of people, never fully perfect. Hopefully, they are doing the best that they can. Of course, if someone thinks they can do better they can always try.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Thu, Dec 15, 2011, at 2:06 AM

Why was the article amended to her quote about employees come and go? Is the famous quote by so many being used here, "my statement was taken out of context".

-- Posted by Ron Archer on Thu, Dec 15, 2011, at 5:31 AM

Have they looked into building on a piece of property already owned by the school corporation? There are several closed schools that have some extended properties there might be room to build on. The old track field behind Staunton Elem or the track field behind Van Buren. What are they going to do with the property in Knightsville that they moved the school corporation offices from? By the way, they paid WAY too much for the old Legion building, but that ship has sailed. I cant understand why they didn't put the offices with the bus garage, but then I dont understand a lot of the things our school corporation does.

These are just suggestions, but I think there are better options than the Williams property.

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Thu, Dec 15, 2011, at 7:52 AM

Wow no wonder the schools here got such low grades, Sad for the kids.

-- Posted by Combat VET on Thu, Dec 15, 2011, at 8:04 AM

Compared to 4 million dollars, this is a steal, even if they have to build another bay........

-- Posted by reddevil on Tue, Dec 20, 2011, at 9:59 PM

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