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Council passes 2013 budget

Thursday, October 4, 2012

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Larry Moss
During the Clay County Council meeting Monday evening, the council passed the 2013 budget as Resolution No. 7-2012.

Next, the council discussed the reduction, transfer and additional appropriation of $50,000 -- $10,924 for vehicle insurance compensation and $40,739 for vehicle repair -- regarding highway maintenance and repair and coming out of the Local Roads and Street Fund.

"At the present time, that's the easiest thing for us to do -- to make one transfer out of this," Commissioner Paul Sinders told the council. "I realize we could realistically end up short. We may have to take a little out of this fund and a little out of this fund to balance everything up before the year is over. We don't know how many additional repairs we'll have."

One of the highway trucks needs major mechanical repairs, but the only way to afford the repairs was to take the money out of another fund.

"The Highway Department just has no place else to get funds. They have to find funds somehow," Councilman Larry Moss said.

Sinders explained a truck broke down and the highway superintendent went to a different company to try and save money on the repairs. During that experience, Sinders said they saved almost $4,500.

"We are really trying to watch the money," Sinders said. "We're trying to stretch that dollar just as far as we can stretch it."

Sinders explained the highway department is currently in the process of removing berms, working on ditching and replacing culverts in order to prepare for new roadwork. According to Council President Mike McCullough, who said he talked to the highway superintendent, 100 culverts have been replaced this year. The highway department wants to prepare all the roads for work once the wheel tax money begins to arrive.

Sinders said the transfer of the funds would not stop the highway department from doing any of their expected projects this year.

Commissioner Charlie Brown said the commissioners are waiting for funds from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), which would make up for the money transferred.

Meanwhile, Dr. David Breitweiser requested a revised legal description on his tax abatement after acquiring less than one acre of more land to use as parking space. He requested the parcel of land he acquired be rolled into the abatement he received one year ago.

"It's always good to see a professional building or people coming into the county to promote our county," Councilwoman Rita Rothrock said.

The council passed Resolution No. 6-2012, approving the additional parcel of land in the abatement.

Breitweiser said he would be moving his equipment into the new building by the end of the month. Currently, countertops and carpeting are being worked on and completed. Breitweiser said he would like to break ground on Phase 2 by the end of the year.

In other council news:

* The council approved an additional appropriation for $34,000 in order to replace a transport vehicle. The funds come from tax money from the state, which comes in every September. The Sheriff's Department will not be adding more vehicles, as the old vehicle will be traded out, and

* Regional Technical Manager Trent Pell of Pictometry presented the council members with a proposal for aerial imagery services. Pell told council members counties often use their services for public safety, property assessments, planning and zoning. The software allows distance measurements, zoom in and zoom out features, among other things. The proposal included one flight over three years for $71,902 or two flights over six years for $62,879.50 for the first flight and $69,737 for the second flight.

Clay County Assessor Mark Barnhart said he would use the software and recommended the software and aerial images. The council agreed many departments could use the software and could split the cost. Nothing was decided during this meeting.



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