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Fire department taking steps to become protection district

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Clay County Commissioner's President Charlie Brown
Officials with the Lewis Township Fire Department received approval of more than enough signatures to become a fire protection district, but the process isn't complete yet.

During the Clay County Commissioner's meeting Monday, the commissioners were told the auditor's office certified 554 signatures, which is more than 51 percent of the freeholders in Lewis Township.

To become a fire protection district, the fire department needed to collect 500 signatures of real property owners or 51 percent of the freeholders in the township on a petition to establish the district.

The commissioners conducted a first reading of Ordinance No. 7-2012. The ordinance can be approved during the next commissioner's meeting, after the commissioners appoint either three-five property owners in Lewis Township to form a board for the district.

Meanwhile, one bid by Tyler Technologies was received for the appraisal support services for Clay County residential, agricultural, commercial, industrial and utility projects. The bid was for $465,000 including $150,000 for 2012, $155,000 for 2013 and $160,000 for 2014.

The Clay County Council appropriated the additional monies needed during the February meeting. The contract will be terminated June 30, 2015. The bid is subject to approval by the commissioners, county attorney and department of local government finance.

The commissioners wanted to review the bid package proposal before approving.

They also plan to call a special meeting next week to discuss the issue.

In other news, the Clay County Health Department requested a reimbursement for personal cell phones being used for work purposes. Ordinance No. 5-2012 includes $100/month reimbursement for the public nurse and $100/month reimbursement for the sanitarian. The expenses were proposed by the health department and approved by the state, however, Commissioner President Charlie Brown said he doesn't understand why the sanitarian position would need $100/month for cell phone use.

The commissioners performed a first reading of the ordinance and decided to table it until the next meeting so a representative from the health department could explain the need.

"I would like to hear him explain why he needs it," Brown said. "If he can justify it, then that's fine."

During the meeting, the commissioners also discussed the following:

* Two grants were approved for the Emergency Management Agency (EMA) subject to legal council review and approval including one for salary and one for equipment,

* The commissioners approved a four-year contract with Pitney Bowes for the jail postage meter,

* Phillip Knust approached the commissioners with a request to close roadways and alleys in Ashboro. The commissioners explained certain procedures had to be followed and he must obtain an attorney before speaking with them,

* A Clay County resident asked the commissioners about the future of State Road 340. The commissioners stated they are in discussion with the state, but have no further information at this time,

* The commissioners approved Ordinance No. 6-2012 to amend personnel policies,

* The commissioners signed a lease rental agreement for $500/ six months to store county equipment, and

* The Clay County Courthouse Health Fair was scheduled for Wednesday, May 23.

The Clay County Commissioners meet the first Monday of every month at 9 a.m., in the Commissioner's Courtroom in the Clay County Courthouse.

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