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Brown eager to work for residents of county

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

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Currently Clay County Commissioner President Charlie Brown is running for Commissioner District 2 in the upcoming Primary election.

"I enjoy the work and being involved with and helping the people of Clay County," Brown said. "I want to complete some very important things, which we have been working on in Clay County."

Brown said, working together with the other commissioners, he has accomplished a lot.

"Many of our culverts have been in place for many years and are now decaying because of age and fertilizers," he said. "We are replacing the old culverts with new plastic ones, which should last much longer than the steel culverts."

Last year, the county replaced 60 culverts, and Brown said there are more needing to be replaced.

Ditching is another issue Brown wants to work on.

"The build-up of berms and the lack of ditching in the county is a real problem and concern for all of us," he said. "This is a problem that the county highway is working on as time and manpower permits. Many people do not realize we are five employees down from where we were just a few years ago because of budget restrictions."

He said even with the lack of manpower, he wants to continue to remove berms and do ditching so water will not collect on the county roads.

Along with maintaining roads, Brown wants to bring new industry and business to Clay County.

"Anytime a new company locates in our county, or a present company expands, we have a greater tax base, which is a plus for all of us," he said. "We (the current commissioners) are hoping for business and industry to locate at I-70. The new water tower at I-70 should be a great help in bringing industry to this part of the county."

For almost his entire life, Brown has lived in Clay County. He worked at Allison's in Indianapolis for 31 years. Now retired, Brown said he has time to spend as commissioner, working for and helping the people of Clay County.