The Clay County Commission met Monday, January 11, 2016. The following Commissioners were present: Wayne Watts, Ray Milstead, Roy Johnson, and Ricky Burney. John Wheeles was absent.
A $30,000 grant, made possible through RC&D, was issued to help refurbish the Delta Community Center. These repairs included bathroom improvements and stabilization of the old gym area. Pictured here are Senator Gerald Dial, along with RC&D Executive Director Eddie May, Delta Community Center Club President Frank Sims, Jay Duke, who did the repairs, Commissioners and several others with the check presentation:
In addition to this presentation, another check for $10,500 grant, also made possible through RC&D was presented for the Community Garden project, headed up by. AHA Executive Director Stan Gaither. These funds were used for drilling a well for irrigation, etc. Gaither explained this project was for any low-income, elderly, or anyone interested in participating.
Watts reminded everyone to keep the family of 21-month old Eli Sims, who was battling Stage 4 Liver Cancer, in their prayers. Watts also recognized Clay County law enforcement for doing such a great job in apprehending the suspects in the armed robbery of Marathon Convenience Store recently.
Johnson gave his condolences to County Administrator Mary Wood, in the recent loss of two brothers. Johnson also mentioned County Engineer Jeremy Butler and his wife, who were returning from China to adopt a child.
Standing in for Butler was Assistant Engineer Keith Morrow, who gave an update on the roads that had sustained storm damage during the recent flooding.
Morrow explained the repair intent plan for Highland Rd and County Rd 31, to increase pipe size for better drainage. These repairs are estimated around $25,000. Some of the other roads that had attained damage were:
- Oak Grove Rd
- Center Hill Rd
- Clark Rd
- Brown Drive
- State Lake Rd
- Bradford St
- Waites Rd
- McNatt Rd
- Hidden Valley Rd
- Valley Rd
- Woods Bottom Rd
All of these roads will be eligible for repair through FEMA if the damage is storm related. No roads are closed at this time. EMA Director Theresa Daughtery elaborated on this, saying that the county had exceeded the threshold of damage of $49,000 for the county, however the state threshold of $7 million, had not been met at this time, but they were hoping all the state figures would come in soon.
Burney mentioned the grant that had allowed them to get weather radios to the public a few years back and wanted to see about possibly trying to get a grant that would allow our resident to have a smoke detector in their home. Daugherty said she would check into seeing in there was funds through Homeland Security grants and would get back to him.
Sheriff Latham presented a 2015 year end budget which included the following:
- Total Revenue for Housing of $260,000
- Deputies responded to 8527 calls during the 2015 year
- a total of 4 vehicles were purchased during the calendar year, at no cost to the county
Dianne Glenn from EARDPC was present to explain the requirements on the Mellow Valley Ball Field.
In 1977, grant funds were given to the Clay County Commission to purchase the 5 acres for the park, and make improvements, that included picnic shelter, sites, lighted softball lot, bleachers, tennis courts, septic tank, parking area, fencing, lighted tennis courts, landscaping, water, signs, concession stands, bbq grills, etc.
Glenn stated since this park was purchased with Land & Water Conservation funds to remain as outdoor recreation forever and it is the county’s responsibility to see that it is maintained and at this time it was not.
The state now expects the county to submit a corrrective plan of action to bring this park up to date, according the ADECA standards, along with a long-term plan to maintain in order to be able to receive any more funding for this park or any other recreational grant funds. As of now, no more grant funds will be issued for this park. Also, Ownership of this property cannot never be transferred either.
With no further business, the meeting was adjourned.