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County Council to fund radio repair

Thursday, August 9, 2012

During the Clay County Council meeting Monday, the council appropriated an estimated $11,300 from the County Public Safety LOIT Fund for radio repair.

Clay County Chief Deputy Rob Gambill explained the request along with Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Bryan Husband. All radio frequencies need to be narrow-banded by the end of this year as a federal mandate.

"They didn't do this to increase our communication capabilities," Husband said. "They did it so they can sell more frequencies. That's all there is to it."

However, this will solve recent problems with the county's communications. According to Husband, northern areas have not been getting paged like they should be, such as Posey, Van Buren and Dick Johnson volunteer fire departments.

The money being used goes directly toward radios used within the Clay County Justice Center.

"Pagers that hadn't worked before are now working," Husband said. "We had a temporary one put up, and now it's solving the problem."

The new radio will also act as a back-up center in case the Center Point tower has problems. The new radio will meet a federal mandate and correct a communication problem at the same time.

Meanwhile, County Assessor Mark Barnhart updated the council on Covol Fuels Chinook, LLC. The company did not meet compliance and therefore was denied their tax abatement during the July council meeting. Monday's meeting was to be their hearing. However, no one was present to provide a defense, causing the abatement to be officially removed.

Barnhart updated the council on the company's property tax issues. A lien will be put on the company; however, a lien cannot be put on the property because it is personal property.

In other news, the council:

* Approved a second appropriation for $3,500 for the Highway Administration personal services to pay a supervisor. The council also reduced the surplus sums of money out of Highway Administration for equipment operator at the amount of $3,500, meaning the council transferred money from one account to another,

* Approved Ordinance No. 17-2012 to set compensation for the STOP grant investigator at a salary of just over $17,700.

"It is a grant fully funded by the State of Indiana, but in order to pay her salary we have to have an ordinance to do it," Auditor Mary Jo Alumbaugh said,

* Approved Resolution No. 3-2012, which requires all grant application must be presented to the Clay County Commissioners seven calendar days prior to their meeting, as well as grants dealing with personnel issues or salaries to be approved by the Clay County Council, and

* County resident Scott Aselage was present for the meeting in order to request a four-way stop near his home on White Rock Road in order to slow drivers down and create a safer environment. He said he had been in discussion with the Brazil City Council about the issue.

The County Council told Aselage they could not help him with the issue, but he could attend a Clay County Commissioners meeting next month.

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I drive thru there all the time and there is already a 2 way stop,, in my opinion i cant see how a 4 way stop would be of any benefit there, unfortunatly a young youth was fatally injured and no matter where at on White Rock road at the speed he was traveling his accident could have occured on any part of the road....

-- Posted by brazil citizen on Fri, Aug 10, 2012, at 12:16 AM

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