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Council approves appropriations

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

During the Clay County Council meeting Monday, the council approved the following appropriations:

* $60,000 to the Sheriff's Department in order to purchase two 15-passenger transfer vans,

* $15,000 to the Sheriff's Department for inmate education,

* $1,250 for generator fuel and maintenance for the Clay County Courthouse,

* $750 for clerk training,

* $750 for recorder training,

* $13,403 for aerial photography out of the LOIT Public Safety Fund,

* $40,209 for aerial photography out of the Reassessment Fund,

* $8,666 to the Commission Drug Free Community for prevention grants,

* $8,666 to the Commission Drug Free Community for treatment grants,

* $10,000 to the Commission Drug Free Community for justice grants, and

* $7,332 to the Commission Drug Free Community for administration costs.

Next, the council approved a transfer of $7,000 to jail repair, making a new line item.

"Ever since the jail was built, we've had one pot of money and anything that was purchased for the jail came out of this pot of money," Commissioner President Paul Sinders explained to the council. "If you have budget set up properly, you have different line items so you can charge what you are buying for that particular line item. I think this will give us a much better idea of how we are spending the money and where the money is going. I recommend this. If you're going to have a budget, let's do it right."

Meanwhile, the council approved, on the first reading, the amended salary ordinance including the following:

* $1,000 for assessor level one,

* $500 for assessor level two, and

* $11 per hour for mobile home assessment.

"We have paid this as contract labor in the past, but the IRS is becoming more and more strict about employee and employer relationship," Auditor Mary Jo Alumbaugh said. "The statute requires we pay Mark (Barnhart) this money, so this is not changing his salary. He's always gotten this. It's just becoming part of his salary now and will go through payroll. It's basically a formality."

In other news:

* Sinders told the council the AIC (Association of Indiana Counties) conference is Feb. 18-19, in Indianapolis. He invited the council to attend,

* Randy Staley, owner of Staley Soil Service, asked the council if Surveyor John Keller was supposed to attend the Drainage Board meetings, which he has not been doing. The council agreed Keller is supposed to attend the meetings, but said they couldn't enforce it,

* The council discussed AIC bills, which will be voted on soon, including a couple concerning road funding. Sinders encouraged the community to contact their senators and state representatives, asking them to support the county road funding bills, and

* Council President Larry Moss told the council Ron Hinsenkamp was named executive director of the West Central Indiana Economic Development District. Hinsenkamp was the former chief transportation planner of the Metropolitan Planning Organization.

"He's very proactive, and I think we're going to see some really good things come out of this," Moss said.

The Clay County Council meets the first Monday of every month at 6 p.m., in the Commissioners' Courtroom at the Clay County Courthouse. The next meeting will be Monday, March 4, at 6 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

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