During the Clay County Commissioners meeting Monday, Commissioner Paul Sinders presented Commissioners Charlie Brown and Jack Withers with plaques to thank them for their time in office.
"I want to thank them for their help, their work, their efforts and their dedication on behalf of the citizens of this county," Sinders said. "I've appreciated their help, cooperation, discussions and assistance these past six years that I've worked with them. Commissioners as a county executive do have to make many important decisions for the county."
"In every man's life, he should accomplish something or leave a legacy," Brown said. "I hope that I accomplished something, but more importantly it's the road you take to get to that point. Everyone here and everybody involved in my life and the county here has helped me make that road. For that I am deeply appreciative."
Withers also spoke to those in attendance.
"I appreciate everything and the cooperation I've had with (the other commissioners)," Withers said. He then warned the new commissioners of how thankless the job is. "I've had cooperation from the Highway Department, and I've enjoyed my time."
A reception will take place in the Commissioner's Courtroom Dec. 27, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., for Withers and Brown. The public is welcome to attend.
Meanwhile, representatives from Endeavor Communications came to the meeting to discuss moving forward with the Poland exchange. Endeavor, a company that provides telephone, Internet and some television services, want to install fiber optic cables in the Poland area. The commissioners and representatives discussed the depth in which the cables will be placed and whether the cables will be placed in the ditch, on the shoulder of the road or on the backside of the ditch. The two parties plan to meet on a regular basis to keep communication open.
After much discussion, the commissioners approved the Memorandum of Understanding with the additions discussed subject to legal review and approval.
Next, Clay County Assessor Mark Barnhart proposed the commissioners accept the agreement with Tax Management Associates (TMA), which would go into effect in January. The three-year agreement includes personal property self-assessments and can be canceled at any time. The commissioners approved the contract subject to legal review and approved by e-verify to make sure the company isn't doing business with Iran.
Meanwhile, the commissioners appointed the following:
* Darryl Andrews to the Alcohol Beverage Commission,
* Tom Ames, John Williams and Jan Howe to the Clay County Redevelopment Commission,
* Eric Somheil as the Commissioner Attorney,
* Paul Sinders to the Board of Directors of the West Central Economic Development District,
* Brad Stultz as the County Highway Supervisor,
* Tony Fenwick and Bryan Allender to the County Drainage Board, and
* Lynn Stoelting to the Clay County Health Department.
Meanwhile, the commissioners approved contracts with the following non-profit groups in Clay County subject to each organization signing the contract:
* Clay County 4-H Council,
* Child Adult Resource Services,
* Clay County Search and Rescue,
* Clay County Historical Society,
* Brazil Senior Citizens, and
* Clay City Senior Citizens.
In other news:
* The commissioners approved a contract subject to legal review with Frontier for phone lines. The three-year agreement will reduce the phone bill each month,
* The commissioners approved the purchase of 618 beds for an estimated total of $49,500 through Cedar Bridge Treatment Centers, Muncie, Ind.
"If it's a tool you need, I think you should be given this tool," Brown said, and
* The commissioners opened highway bids for fuel from five different companies and for stone and sand from four different companies. The commissioners will take all the bids under advisement until the January meeting.