The Clay County Board of Supervisors briskly moved through their agenda November 7, dealing with 911 addressing, drug court and a public hearing to abandon a portion of Strong Hill Road.
Toby Sanford, GIS manager at the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District, gave a progress report on the Appalachian Regional Commission’s 911 addressing grant.
“We have mapped every structure in Clay County,” he said. “We are currently in the process of trying to find every old phys+ical address. If your address isn’t posted, we have to go back and try to figure out what that old address is. We are also trying to clean up our road register and make sure all the roads are accounted for. As soon as we get all the old addresses as we can, we’re going to provide the information to the post office. They’re going to look through it and give us as much information as possible. We’re within probably six months of completion. The ending date is March 31, and I don’t see any problem with that right now. Once we’re done we’ll give each supervisor a list of every address and structure in their district.
“Have y’all started taking pictures of the structures yet?” asked Chancery Clerk Robbie Robinson.
“We did when we walked them,” Sanford said. “I also have the parcel boundaries. If it’s in the tax roll, I can attach that information to every structure. We also purchased the digital parcel boundaries to go along with the same system we’re creating for the county. If you own a piece of property, your name is attached to that along with the parcel number. There is error in them because there are errors in the original tax rolls. We have to go road-by-road to make sure houses are not split by a line and to make sure what side of the line the house is sitting on. You’ll also know how many double- and single-wide trailers you’ve got out there and what property they’re sitting on.”
“We’ve got some people on my district on the county line,” said District 4 Supervisor Shelton Deanes. “How do you know what county they’re in?”
“We usually go by the front door,” Sanford said. “We will go to the county and see how the county wants to handle it, but I usually go by where the front door it located. If the front door is Clay, then the house is Clay. Some go by where the bedroom is. But really that would come down to you and Monroe County and how you want to handle it.”
“We also have 911 calls made in Una that go to Monroe County or Chickasaw County,” Deanes said.
“We’re going to clean that up,” Sanford said. “All of that goes back to what’s called the Master Street Address Guide. When someone dials 911, it comes up with an emergency service number, and that ESN tells the dispatcher who to call. If it’s got the wrong ESN number in the MSAG, it’s going to go to the wrong place.”
Drug Court Coordinator Edward Houston gave a brief report to the board on the progress of the drug court program.
“So far it has been a very good success,” Houston said. “Myself and both judges are working together. Judge Taggart gave me my first three drug court participants, and I appreciate the help of both judges. So far we are working on some resource grants to offset some of the fees and costs to the participants. A lot of times, especially in Clay County, they don’t have a job and can’t provide for the treatment they need. We’re hoping the grants will allow us to offset the costs of some of the participants. We’re also working to utilize our community programs and their resources for our participants.”
Houston said there are nine total participants right now. The drug court program was inaugurated in Clay County in October.
The board held a public hearing on the abandonment of a section of Strong Hill Road.
In September Strong Hill Church asked the board to close a portion of Strong Hill Road that runs through their property. The church is building a new sanctuary, and plans for the new building to sit squarely in the middle of what is now Strong Hill Road. The church has said that it will build a new section of road circumventing the church and give it to the county.
The piece of road in question is about fifty feet long.
No members of the public spoke at the hearing. The board unanimously voted to approve the abandonment contingent upon the church providing the county with a right of way deed.