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Commissioners approve lease amendment

Monday, April 2, 2012

Clay County Commissioner Paul Sinders
Clay County moved one step further in refinancing jail bonds Monday morning. The Clay County Commissioners approved Resolution No. 2-2012, which approved the amendment of the lease.

"We represent the taxpayers of this county and any opportunity we have to save money for the taxpayers is a great deal," Commissioner Paul Sinders said. "I think this is what this will do ... I think it's a good and positive move to approve this."

Originally, the jail bonds were to be paid off by 2034. With the refinancing, however, the bonds could be paid off by 2028, eliminating six years. Through the refinancing, the county is estimated to have a gross savings of $3.7 million.

The commissioners also signed and approved a refinancing agreement.

Meanwhile, officials with the Lewis Township Fire Department including Fire Chief Bryan Husband and Attorney Terry Modesitt presented Ordinance No. 7-2012 to the commissioners.

"They're at the point now where they just don't have enough money to function as a volunteer fire department any longer," Modesitt said.

Becoming a district reestablishes the tax rate so the fire department may receive more funding to operate.

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 Auditors Office certified 554 signatures, which is more than 51 percent of the freeholders in Lewis Township.

The commissioners approved the ordinance and appointed five board members, including Marsha Riggins for a one-year term, Tony Rash for a two-year term, Pat French for a three-year term and Jeff Eccles and Greg Griffith for four-year terms each.

The next step will be to establish a budget and Husband said he would have to make a five-year plan.

At the end of the meeting, Husband approached the commissioners as the Emergency Management Agency (EMA) director. He described his recent trip to Henryville, Ind., and told the commissioners there are certain things the county needs to have in place in case the type of disaster that struck Henryville would ever happen in Clay County.

He explained within the first 72 hours, the county could declare emergency and do whatever needs to be done, however, after 72 hours, the county would have to use bids and contracts to take any action.

"Putting these things in place will make it a lot simpler for you guys and the county and everybody when or if it happens," Husband said.

Husband said he would make a list of things that need to be done for the commissioners to review. He also said he would like to have an EMA advising committee set up by this summer with members including: county commissioner president, county council president, mayor, a member from each town board, a fire chief representative and a law enforcement representative.

In other news:

* The commissioners approved one change made to voting places. The one change was in regard to Posey 3,

* The commissioners approved Ordinance No. 8-2012 to reimburse employees in the Prosecutor's Office for the use of personal cell phones for work. The reimbursement includes $40 per month for the deputy prosecutor. The money will come from the 4D Child Support Enforcement budget, as a transfer rather than an additional,

* The commissioners approved a copier lease contract for the Prosecutor's Office, which decreases the cost per copy,

* The commissioners passed Ordinance No. 5-2012 for the reimbursement of personal cell phones for county work. The reimbursement will include $100 per month for both the public health nurse and the sanitarian.

The commissioners received an e-mail from the public health department explaining why they need the reimbursement and how the money is coming from a grant rather than county funds, and

* The commissioners approved a Bridge No. 1 construction engineering contract subject to legal review.

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-- Posted by car11 on Mon, Apr 2, 2012, at 8:51 PM

I agree car11 No new taxes!

-- Posted by Combat VET on Mon, Apr 2, 2012, at 9:30 PM

Property taxes can't be used on roads.

-- Posted by commonman1 on Tue, Apr 3, 2012, at 12:04 AM

Really.......paying that much for reimbursements for personal cell phone use? That is outrageous! You should have checked the cost of calling plans first and awarded a figure that was appropriate instead of one that is much higher! Especially for the public health department. Almost all plans now have FREE cell to cell minutes which is what everybody seems to have these days. Some research into this was warranted. Would you like to pay my cellphone bill every month? It's much cheaper than what you are giving! And you wonder why our county is broke.....geesh!

And why just the Prosecutors office? Why not the Clerk, the Recorder, the Surveyor, the whole darn system in the couthouse? Boy, another not-so-bright move on your parts!

Just my opinion........not being accusatory here. I just think that is STUPID and WASTEFUL!

-- Posted by Proud of My Country on Tue, Apr 3, 2012, at 11:54 AM

Bryan, you should also have a representative from the Animal Emergency Response Team on your committee.

Victoria Hill

Team Leader

AERT District 7

-- Posted by appaloosa queen on Tue, Apr 3, 2012, at 12:05 PM

property taxes are used every day on county roads as per snow removel,pay checks,fuel costs,emergancies,ect. still why not refinance the school bonds that are eating us up.

-- Posted by car11 on Tue, Apr 3, 2012, at 1:01 PM

Cellphones, 30gs wasted on tearing down the old jail, waste fraud and abuse is exactly what this is. And now they want more from our pockets....I say no way no new tax. But if you do pass a wheel tax include all vehicles not just ours. We need to clean house on election day!

-- Posted by Combat VET on Wed, Apr 4, 2012, at 2:33 AM

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