Clay County Commissioners Discuss CCMC, Highway Dept, Health Dept

By Quinn O’Hara

The Clay County Commissioners met for their regular meeting on May 6.

Clay County Medical Center CEO Austin Gillard reported that CCMC purchased a property adjacent to the Clyde Clinic to use as a gravel parking lot. Gillard also reported that the fundraiser held for the Mental Health Clinic raised over $100,000. The funds will be used to purchase furniture and contents for inside the clinic. Gillard also reported that the Emergency Room was recognized in the top 3% for emergency care out of 7,000 hospitals surveyed nationwide.

Highway Administrator Bobby Shomper reported that the Highway Department has hauled as much rock as they can with the recent rains in the area. Shomper reported that they are half done hauling rock for Township roads.

County Health Director Dana Rickley reported on last week’s Wake Up Wednesday held at the Health Department. She said the event had a good turnout. The Board and Rickley discussed why the Health Department is no longer providing drug testing for Clay County. Rickley said that they are no longer certified to do this with Compliance One which serves as the consortium for the County. The Board asked about the process to get certified for the program as they feel that it is a needed service for the County.

Clay County Sheriff Alan Benninga reported that it was a busy weekend for the Sheriff’s Department and the number of prisoners at the Law Enforcement Center has recently increased.

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