By Erica Kearns
The last meeting in July for the Clay County Commission was held on Wednesday, July 22. With all three commissioners in attendance, the event began with a prayer and the pledge of allegiance. The first items on the agenda were the customary approval of minutes, bills, purchase orders, assessments and budget revisions.
The next section of items were directed towards estate business. The group voted to confirm probating the last will and testament of Clarence Ray Hay, Sr., deceased and the appointment of Clarence Ray Hays, Jr. as executor. The group voted to confirm probating the last will and testament of Tina Marie Witt, deceased and the appointment of James Lennox, executor. The last will and testament of Virgie Brown was probated and Denver Brown was appointed executor of the estate. Mitchell DeBoard was appointed administrator of the estate of Brian Jason DeBoard, deceased. Also, the requested of waiver of final settlement for the estates of James Mooney, Jr. and Delbert Murphy were approved. A hearing concerning the estate of Edgar Warren Donahue was scheduled for August 26, 2015 at 1:00 pm.
Next, the group approved a proposal from Paul D. Marshall Architects and Engineers for the amount of $2,239.00 for design and construction assistance of the office of emergency services that will be located in the Judiciary Annex building. The new office will house OES director Stacy King and the 911 floodplain and mapping offices.
After the resignation of long-time employee Walter Stutler, the courthouse now has openings for the positions of part-time custodian, substitute custodian and animal control worker. Applications can be picked up in the County Clerk’s office and must be submitted by August 7, 2015.
Once the agenda was completed, county agencies, commissioners and members of the public held brief discussions on happenings in the county. The Family Resource Network (FRN) received a $1500 grant through Try This that will be used to purchase pedometers for the community. The FRN has also received $38,000 funding for the coming year. The Clay County Solid Waste Authority has been awarded a $3,000 REAP grant to assist with the rental and disposal fees of two compactor trucks for the annual cleanup. Residents voiced concerns over vagrants surrounding the Pisgah end of the walking trail and litter the place up with trash and broken glass. Suggestions were made to notify local law enforcement officials and DNR officers of the situation.
The next county commission meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 12 at 10:00 am.