With a short agenda at hand, Clay County Commissioners met briefly Monday morning.
Commissioners continued discussion with Sheriff Kenny Lemons about option for a secondary backup generator at the sheriff’s office. The jail’s main backup generator is beginning to have problem due to its age. During a recent power outage, the generator failed to start, causing a blackout in the offices, cells and dispatch area of the jail. The failure spurred Lemons to purchase battery-powered emergency lighting for the facility.
The county has access to a portable generator large enough to power the building, but the backup must have its own plug to work. Lemons said he expects to receive an estimate for the plug and its installation in the near future.
Commissioners took action on two items in preparation for the new year, appointing Lindy Choate of Precinct 1 as foreman of the court, and naming the community members Rose Clark, Teresa Covert and Steve Forester to the salary grievance committee.
Commissioners approved the county treasurer’s report for the month of November.
The commissioners elected to postpone the Dec. 27 meeting to the following Thursday, Dec. 29, due to Christmas. During the Dec. 29 meeting, commissioners are expected to appoint a new member to the Clay County Memorial Hospital board in place of Martha Poyner of Petrolia. Poyner chose not to serve another term.