By MATT KOESTERS
The Clark County Commissioners took two votes that made a $9 million bond issue for improvements at the Clark-Floyd Landfill closer to a reality.
The commissioners on Thursday voted 2-0 — with Commissioner Rick Stephenson absent — to approve letters of engagement with Ice Miller LLP and Umbaugh Associates. The bond will primarily pay for the construction of a slurry wall along the western boundary of the landfill.
“It’s basically creating a bathtub around the other half of the landfill,” Commissioner John Perkins said.
In addition to approving the letters of engagement, the commissioners also held a public hearing to comply with the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982.
The Clark County Council will have the letters of engagement with Ice Miller and Umbaugh at its May meeting, said commissioners President Jack Coffman.
The commissioners voted to declare an emergency and approve a claim for $193,213 out of the county’s cumulative capital fund to pay for its workers’ compensation and general liability insurance, which was due Friday.
The commissioners explained that the county council had zeroed out the budget line item for the insurance spending to comply with the 1782 notice issued by the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance. Coffman said the commissioners expect to take similar action when the bill comes due again in August.
The commissioners voted to accept a bid of $291,025 to purchase a Gradall excavation machine from Southeast Equipment. The machine is used by the county’s highway department for ditching, cleanup work and other general uses.
Southeast Equipment was not the lowest bid for the machine; RPM Machinery had submitted a bid for about $1,000 less, but had relatively little experience in producing such equipment, the commissioners said. They cited the relationship the county had with Southeast Equipment as another reason for moving forward on the slightly higher bid.
The first payment on the seven-year contract with Southeast Equipment will be made in 2014, Coffman said.
After 38 years and two months serving as the county engineer, Hyun Lee is retiring. The commissioners voted to dissolve the contract of Lee, but said they expect County Engineer Brian Dixon to call upon Lee’s knowledge from time to time.
“His memory of roads and bridges in Clark County is second to none,” Perkins said.
The commissioners voted to renew a government consulting services contract with former DLGF employee Dan Eggerman. Eggerman will make $30,000 a year plus mileage. Eggerman provides the county with assistance on budgeting issues and concerns.