The Clay County Commission met Wednesday at the courthouse. With all three commissioners in attendance, the meeting began with the approval of minutes bills, purchase orders, assessments, budget revisions and estate assignments.
With many members of the 911 dispatch center staff present, the discussion of the personnel policy for Clay County Commission employees began a hot topic. Personnel policies are put in place to define the treatment, rights, obligations, and relations of people within an organization. They are the blueprints by which the organization runs–the rules and procedures that protect workers (and the organization) from being abused, put them in control of their jobs, and keep them from making errors that will hurt the organization or one another. The county’s currently policy had not been revised in several years and the fine print of many areas is still undetermined. Current employees voiced their opinions on topics of the policy, such as holiday pay, that they wish to be edited. The Commission is still listening to feedback on the policy and will finalize a version at a later date.
The last item on the agenda was to select a Lead Economic Development Agency for the county for the 2014 year. Three entities, Clay Development Corporation (CDC), the Central Appalachia Empowerment Zone and the Business Development Authority, are in the running for the position. As Lead Economic Development Agency, the chosen group would be responsible for overseeing business attraction and development efforts within Clay County. With only CDC present at the meeting, the Commissioners did not feel prepared to make a decision. All three organizations will appear at the January 22 county commission meetings to make presentations and answer questions about their plan of action is chosen.
The meeting adjourned until the group meets again on Wednesday, January 22 at 10:00 am.