At the beginning of the meeting, Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Bryan Husband told the commissioners the unincorporated areas of Clay County are already in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) because there are no sidewalks or curbs that need changes. Husband plans to present a written report to the commissioners.
In addition, he presented a request for the HEMP training and planning grant, which is used for training of responders for EMS, fire and law enforcement. The commissioners approved the grant request.
Next, the commissioners approved a six-year contract with Pictometry pending the approval of the Clay County Council for funding. Clay County Assessor Mark Barnhart explained to the commissioners all the uses of the Pictometry services and the cost for not only his department, but also the county as a whole. For 2013 and 2016, 75 percent of the funding needed will come out of the Reassessment Fund and 25 percent will come out of the LOIT Fund, if approved by the Clay County Council.
Meanwhile, the Community Health Educator Regina Yoder updated the commissioners on a few of the programs offered through the Clay County Health Department including a 10-week Tobacco Cessation program, which helps smokers quit. Other programs include monthly blood pressure clinics and screenings and a new program called In Shape Clay County. The weekly support group helps members eat healthier and work out. Yoder asked for approval from the commissioners to continue the new program, which the commissioners granted.
Next, Sharon Lepper, local historian for the Clay County DAR chapter, requested a memorial for 12 Veterans of the American Revolution, all of whom lived in Clay County. However, there was no Clay County or America at the time. Lepper wants a plaque to memorialize the Veterans to be placed inside the memorial building on the courthouse lawn.
The commissioners wanted to know the size of the memorial before approving. Lepper and the commissioners plan to research further before making any decisions.
Meanwhile, the commissioners made the following 2013 appointments for one year:
* Sinders to the Western Indiana Workforce Investment Board,
* Husband as the EMA Director,
* Annette Walden as head custodian,
* John Hughbanks as head maintenance for the Clay County Justice Center,
* Sinders to the Personnel Administration Committee, and
* Jim Hicks, Barbara Scott and Carolyn Mullins to the Property Tax Assessment Committee.
The commissioners also made the following 2013 appointments for 2013-16 to the Clay County Community Corrections Board:
* Jason Brown, Cathy Judd, Tracy Himes, Mike McCullough, Kelsey White, Pete Kikta, Carol Parkins, Andrea Herbert, Sinders, Stephen Sutherland and Joyce Vinson.
In other news:
* The commissioners accepted the highway bids as presented at the December meeting,
* The commissioners approved the Clay County Humane Society animal control contract for one year,
* The commissioners approved an IBE copier contract for the Clay County Sheriff's Department and Clay County Prosecutor's Office. The upgrades to the existing contracts will help combine all the contracts into one master five-year contract for all the copier leases, which will save the county money,
* All 2013 contracts with non-profits have been signed and returned, and
* The commissioners verified Clay County has no covered bridges for a covered bridge certification funding request.
Finally, the commissioners thanked the Clay County Highway Department including Brad Stultz for their organization and hard work during the snowy weather conditions. They also thanked the area farmers and businesses for assisting with clearing roads.