Clay County Commissioners Talk BPW Car Show, Seismic Testing, Ballfields Irrigation System

By Quinn O’Hara

Photo by Quinn O’Hara

The Clay County Commissioners met for their regular weekly meeting on Monday, June 17. According to the unofficial minutes report:

The Clay Center Business and Professional Women of Clay Center requested funds for their yearly Car Show on Piotique Saturday. The show raises funds for scholarships for high school seniors and students in college. The Commissioners voted unanimously to donate $1,000 out of the Travel and Tourism fund to the BPW Car Show.

Debbie Dugan and Ross Banning of Discovery Land Services, Cris Justiz of High Plains Resources, Clay County Highway Administrator Bobby Shomper, and County Attorney Joel Mason met with the Board to discuss Seismic Testing in Clay County. After much discussion, the Board granted permission for Seismic Testing to begin once the required paperwork has been submitted to the Clay County Highway Department.

In a separate discussion with the Board, Shomper reported that the Highway Department had chip sealed roads near Clifton and on the Airport Rd, with plans to chip seal the Sale Barn Rd. next year. Over the weekend the Department had to remove four trees from across roads that had been knocked down in the recent storms. Additionally, Shomper will be contacting asphalt companies to begin the bid process for next year’s asphalt project.

Clay County Emergency Management Director Pam Kemp gave a report on damages caused by recent storms. She said there were two house fires possibly started by lightning strikes.

Clay Center City Councilmember Phil Kasper and Clay Center Public Recreation Superintendent Patrick Hayes met with the Board to discuss the possible installation of a sprinkler system at the Clay County Fairgrounds Ballfields. The system would irrigate five fields. The Board granted permission to move forward with the project starting sometime after mid-August.

The Board reviewed two bids for the removal of a dead tree on the north-east part of the Courthouse Square. The Commissioners selected the bid of $900 from Anderson Tree Service to remove the tree and grind the stump.

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