The first issue on the agenda was a request by Clay County Community Corrections Executive Director Mary Brown to approve a Community Corrections grant, which begins July 1. The commissioners approved the request for the grant.
Meanwhile, Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Bryan Husband presented a request for Amateur Radio, a group of volunteer radio operators, to install an antenna on the tower in Center Point for communications in case of a disaster. Husband said the antenna would in no way conflict with the tower.
Husband said the group plans to hire a contractor to install the antenna; however, the commissioners were concerned about the county's liability. The issue was tabled until the June meeting.
In other EMA news:
* The Amateur Radio group wants to put a radio in dispatch for weather spotters if a disaster would occur to have as communications in case all other communications are down. Husband explained the group wants to install four antennas on the back wall of the Clay County Justice Center. The commissioners said they want to check about insurance and liability issues before approving. The issue was tabled for the June meeting,
* Husband told the commissioners about the tornado last week that touched down south of Cory on County Road 450 S. and CR 500 W. He said the tornado did no damage; however, it was confirmed a tornado by the National Weather Service. He said it was categorized as an F1.
"This was such a small tornado and it was so brief, there were no warnings or watches for it," Husband said. He asked that county residents report tornadoes to authorities when they spot them so the authorities can warn others, and
* Husband announced the EMA Advisory Committee would meet May 29.
Meanwhile, Prosecutor Lee Reberger presented the commissioners with Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) equipment grant. Reberger said if his office receives the grant and is able to receive new machines, their old ones would be able to be used by other county offices.
"I think this is a good move for the county," Sinders said. "It's new equipment at no cost to us."
The grant request was approved.
In addition, County Assessor Mark Barnhart requested to purchase software that will transfer oil and gas data to the auditor's office. The software cost $2,500, and Barnhart said he had the money in his budget.
Barnhart said it is now required to transmit the data through software. The commissioners approved the request.
In other news:
* Sinders motioned for any future Common Construction Wage Board hearings to have the commissioner president act as the commissioner representative. If the president can't make it, the vice president would act as representative, and if neither of them can attend, the third commissioner would become the representative,
* The commissioners approved a change order for Bridge No. 84. The change to the excavation will save $668.40,
* The commissioners approved a contract with Great American Leasing Corporation after Clay Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout requested the approval for a copier lease. He said the new copier would work faster, have new features and cost less money,
* The commissioners approved a three-year continuation request for a cost allocation plan with Malcon, which is required by the federal government. Malcon representative Charles Malinowski said the new contract would save the county money,
* Sinders encouraged all county employees to take part in the Clay County Health Fair May 23 in the Clay County Courthouse,
* County resident Roger LaPlante attended the meeting to let the commissioner know he was forced to move from his home in Center Point. He said he wanted to speak with the county attorney in private, and
* Randy Staley, owner of Staley Soil Service, spoke with the commissioners about the environmental audit he would like the Clay County Health Board to have. He said he didn't feel the board was complying with state regulations. The commissioners both agreed the request should come from the Health Board.