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Commissioners hear bond request

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

On Tuesday, the Clay County Commissioners nominated Charlie Brown to again serve as president.
During the first Clay County commissioners meeting of 2012, Charlie Brown was nominated as commissioner president for 2012, and Paul Sinders was nominated as commissioner vice president for 2012.

"Things seemed to work out fairly well for 2011, why change?" Commissioner Jack Withers said.

Ed Hartzburge of Peabody Midwest Mine was present for the meeting to discuss the release of bonds for County Road 200 S., CR 950 S. and CR 100 W. The mine, and Clay County, had three road closure mine agreements involving the roads.

"Those roads have been returned to their surface that's required by the agreement," Hartzburge said. "I'm coming before you to ask for the bonds to be dropped."

Brown said he would like for the agreement to be in writing. He asked Hartzburge to write a document that can be signed by both parties.

"I have no problem today with approving to release the bonds if you are agreeable that we release the bonds once we have legal council write an agreement between the mine and us, and we sign it," Sinders said to Hartzburge. "Once we sign it, the bonds will be released to you. I have no problem with that."

Hartzburge planned to write a document and send it to County Attorney Eric Somheil.

Meanwhile, American Disability Act (ADA) Coordinator Bryan Husband clarified an issue discussed during the special meeting in December, concerning a sidewalk project mandated by the ADA.

"The key to what we need to look at is intersections," Husband said. "It's just making sure the sidewalks are accessible, not just the sidewalks themselves. We're looking at what we need to do for intersections to make sure they are handicap accessible."

In addition, the commissioners made the following appointments for 2012:

* For the Clay County Redevelopment Commission the commissioners appointed Tom Ames, Jan Howell and John Williams,

* Pete Foster was appointed the Clay County Highway Supervisor,

* Sinders was appointed to the Personel Administration Committee,

* The Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals (PTABOA) had five positions to be filled.

"There are to be so many Republicans on this board and so many Democrats," Sinders said. "The county council will be making two appointments. I believe they will be appointing a Republican and a Democrat."

The commissioners appointed one Republican and two Democrats, including Jim Hicks, Barbara Scott and Carolyn Mullens,

* The commissioners appointed Brown for the Western Indiana Private Industry Council,

* The commissioners made four-year appointments for the Aviation Board.

"Two appointments were up Dec. 31, 2011," Sinders said. "We've contacted these individuals, and they are interested in serving again."

The two individuals were Matt Booe and Glen Watler, both of which were reappointed,

* Bill Sisson was appointed to the Clay County Economic Development Commission for four years, and

* The City of Brazil Planning Commission recently lost a member with the death of Bill Hammer. A letter from Frank Beasley stated he was interested in completing the term in Hammer's position. The commissioners appointed Beasley to finish the term.

Other issues discussed during the monthly commissioners meeting included:

* The commissioners accepted a non-for-profit contract with the Clay County Search and Rescue for the year of 2012. The non-for-profit 4-H contract will be discussed at the February meeting,

* The commissioners accepted the highway bids that were opened during the special meeting in December, and

Paul Sinders
* The commissioners passed Ordinance No. 2-2012, to reimburse the Clay County Courthouse head custodian and the Clay County Justice Center assistant jail maintenance position for the use of their own personal cell phones for county business. The custodian will be reimbursed $47 per month, and the maintenance position will be reimbursed $28.20 per month.

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