Clay County Commissioners Discuss CCMC, CCEMS, County Ag Values, Others

By Quinn O’Hara

On February 5th, the Clay County Commissioners held their regular meeting.

Austin Gillard, the CEO of the Clay County Medical Center, reported that with a new hire, the medical center will have five OB Doctors. He also reported that several surrounding hospitals have stopped delivering babies, causing an uptick in the service at CCMC.

Alec Trembath, the EMS Director, reported that the Department recently received several Carter Kits which contain several calming tools for Autistic individuals.

Sheriff Alan Benninga reported that the two patrol units ordered in 2023 are getting closer to being delivered.

Danny Mesalles, County Appraiser, reported on the difference in Clay County AG Values from 2023 to 2024. Non-Irrigated Average Change is -16%, Irrigated Average Change is -25%, Pasture Tame Average Change increased by 7%, Pasture Native Average Change increased by 3%, Residential will have an average increase of 9%, and Commercial an increase of 3%. Lastly, the Commissioners voted to purchase a used 1994 International Rescue Truck for $35,000 out of the General Fund. The truck will be stored in Wakefield.

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