In addition, Husband invited the commissioners to an all-day event on Sept. 26, to watch district responders perform their technical rescues and other skills they have been trained for. He offered to get the commissioners passes if they would like to attend. Those involved include the management team, technical rescue, water rescue, fire suppression and the civic support unit.
Meanwhile, Andy Carnegie of JMC Engineering spoke to the commissioners on behalf of AT&T phone lines. Carnegie requested replacing fiber cables on existing routes with new fiber cables.
He explained the new cable would be a minimum of 5 feet away from county right away and 7 feet below any ditches. AT&T is in the midst of replacing the cables from Cincinnati to St. Louis.
The commissioners approved the project, with the exception that if any damage were done to country roads, JMC Engineering would be responsible for it.
In other news, three companies presented proposals to the commissioners or introduced themselves for future work.
First, John Coughanowr of Coughanowr Insurance Agency, Inc., along with Kevin Rue and Chris Reynolds, explained what their insurance company could offer Clay County.
Coughanowr said they would meet with all the department heads to make sure all properties are covered, as well as meet with the commissioners on a quarterly basis to review the claims. He also stated one of the representatives would attend commissioner meetings in case of any insurance questions.
Coughanowr Insurance also offers a thermography option. Reynolds, who is trained and certified, explained thermography and showed image examples to the commissioners.
"With the type of properties you have, I really think this would be a valuable asset," Reynolds said. "We can do electrical scans, we can do roofing scans and energy audits, so you can look at the different aspects of the building and see where it is costing you the most."
The thermograph can show insect infestation, missing installation and hidden moisture that can cause mold, among other things.
"The biggest thing for the county, in my opinion, would be the energy audits we can provide, the flat roof scan and the electrical systems," Reynolds said.
According to Reynolds, the thermography service could cost $5,000 with an outside contractor.
"We'll do that as part of doing business with you," Reynolds said. "It's additional services at no additional cost."
The commissioners said they would discuss and consider the proposal. The insurance renewal will take place Oct. 17.
Second, Tony Akles of Strand and Associates, a full-service civil engineering firm, asked the commissioners to consider his company for bridge or road projects in the future.
Akles, Columbus, Ind., said he plans to attend meetings on a quarterly basis. The commissioners thanked him for introducing himself.
Third, Dave Barlow of Proliance Energy Company, a 16-year company out of Indianapolis, presented the commissioners with an energy proposal.
Proliance Energy is an affiliate of Vectren Utility. They serve the schools in Clay County and St. Vincent Clay Hospital. Barlow, Bloomington, Ind., said he currently works with Vigo, Parke and Monroe counties.
"We operate under Vectren," Barlow said. "Vectren would continue to provide your delivery service and safety and service functions as your utility company, but we would provide the commodity on a wholesale or market price basis. Natural gas is a traded commodity, and that's how we buy it."
Barlow said Clay County's largest gas consumers are the Justice Center, Courthouse and Highway Department facility.
"I've taken the last 12-month gas consumption for those three facilities and rolled them into one," Barlow said. He showed the commissioners what their commodity cost of gas was by buying the retail product through Vectren. He then showed them how much it would cost Clay County if they bought through Proliance.
"As it gets colder, the price of natural gas will go up ..." he said. "Those prices compared to buying from Vectren, you are looking at a savings of $76,000 for the county."
County Attorney Eric Somheil plans to review the contracts with both Vectren and Proliance.
In other news:
* Prosecutor Lee Reberger requested approval of the VOCA grant, which pays for the salary of the victim advocate. He explained he has received the grant since 1998. The grant is matching, however, the department can use office space as their contribution, costing the county no additional finances. The grant, if received, would be $22,000 for Oct. 1-Sept. 13. The position is currently staffed. The commissioners approved the grant request,
* Sheriff Mike Heaton requested a new copier lease. The copier the Justice Center currently uses is under contract with Xerox. Heaton wants to change the lease to a contract with Canon. The new lease would save money for the county.
"The copier is worn out, you can't see the numbers on the key pad," Heaton said. The county is currently trying to get all copiers onto one single contract to save money. The commissioners approved the request, and
* Three grant requests were approved including: Local Health Main, Bio-T and Emergency Preparedness and LHD Trust Account Grant. The performance grants submitted by the Clay County Health Department are all ongoing with no cost to Clay County. One of the grants is reimbursable.