A bad Monday for Commissioners

Saturday, July 6, 2024

On Monday, the Clay County Commissioners received unfortunate news, learning they would be down a third highway department worker and presented only one bid for bridges #10 (Kennedy’s Crossing Rd) and #177 (CR 535 W.). Both roads are currently closed over the bridges.

Bridge #10 received a bid price of $286,050 with an alternate $3,960 and $729,155 with an alternate $7,925 for bridge #177.

“As soon as we review these and make sure they’re okay, I’d like to have a special meeting to officially approve one or both,” said Paul Sinders.

The commissioners approved a court interpreter grant that assists defendants who do not speak English. It was noted that the Circuit Court had not used an interpreter in a year, but Spanish and Mandarin interpreters are often used in the Superior Court. The maximum $1,000 grant does not cost the county any funds.

The Clay County Substance Abuse Council’s drug-free community grant renewal was passed for $35,975. The funds are used to reduce drug and alcohol abuse through county-wide education and prevention.

Monica Wallace of the Hamilton Center gave an update regarding the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC). The company is currently in the process of hiring 150 employees to provide the extra services. In Clay County, a nurse and certified peer and a mobile crisis unit in Sullivan will be available. Wallace explained Britney Meyer-Lee would be taking over as program manager for the Hamilton Center and as a Clay County Community Corrections board member.

The Commissioners have lost three full-time employees due to the salary of the highway department.

“We’ve got some excellent, excellent workers at the highway department, but we’re about three short at the present time,” said Paul Sinders at the County Council meeting later that evening.

Sinders explained to the council that he wasn’t asking for more funds but wanted them to be aware of the dire situation. The commissioners are willing to hire individuals without a CDL because they have so much work to complete. The county will help the individual get their CDL if they are good workers.

“All the funds that go to roads are basically from tax collections from fuel taxes, and the state keeps what they want, and give us what’s left over,” explained County Council President Larry Moss.

In other business

The commissioners heard an update regarding the Safe Streets plan from Thrive’s Karen Schneiders and approved releasing the request for qualifications.

Austin Souders was approved for the Posey Fire District effective July 1, 2024, through December 31, 2025.

The bid for county real estate was approved for $1,150.

The commissioners approved an inspection contract with Guardian for the Clay County Justice Center for $6,810 and the Clay County Courthouse for $1,080.

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