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Concerns about last minute agenda additions at Clay County Commission meeting

It took nearly 50 minutes to approve the Clay County Commission agenda at the March 13, 2017 meeting. Commissioner Nolte was frustrated that two items were presented for both addition to the agenda and immediate action the morning of the meeting. One item was the County’s insurance renewal and the …

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Musings: New contract for Clay County Administrator beyond outrageous

For the last year and a half I have been covering the continual conflict and disrespect of the citizens at the Clay County Courthouse. Yesterday I received an email from a source that contained the renewal contract of Clay County Administrator Dean Brookshier. For those that haven’t seen the news …

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Concerns About Sheriff Funding Discussed at County Commission Meeting

True-Up for 2017 Budget Requires Over $500K from County Rainy Day Fund to Be Shifted to Sheriff’s Office Budget Every calendar year the County Commission approves a budget ordinance that is called a “true-up”. The goal of the ordinance is to reconcile the projected budget versus the carryover amount from …

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Musings: Missouri Attorney General’s Office Asks For Response from Clay County Commission

I have received several questions about the legality of the Clay County Commission’s actions from the Commission meetings over the last month. As reported, the Commission has gone into unnoticed Executive Session in multiple meetings in the last month (you can read the news stories by clicking HERE, HERE, and …

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Marathon Clay County Commission meeting lasts over 5 hours, controversy continues with boat slip fees

The Clay County Commission meeting on Monday, February 6 saw more controversy as the commission adjourned early for a lengthy executive session, had two members of the public give passionate public comment without the commission present, more public comments about concerns at Smithville Lake over the ongoing boat slip fee …

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Nolte’s items stripped from agenda, slip holding mother of 3 waits hours to speak to Commission

The ongoing struggle between Presiding Clay County Commissioner Jerry Nolte and Commissioners Owen and Ridgeway continued this Monday at the Commission meeting. Commissioner Nolte asked that four items be placed onto the Commission’s weekly agenda. Two discussion items included a concern Nolte had about a portion of a budget ordinance …

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Constituent reaches out to County Commissioners, little response, dialogue goes cold

Occasional TNN contributor and Northland community organizer Jason Withington recently reached out to Clay County Commissioners Ridgeway and Owen for a dialogue about issues at the Courthouse. He was concerned about the recent changes to the format of the County Commission meeting that was passed 2-1 at the end of …

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Commissioner Owen and Ridgeway Threaten to Withhold Clay County EDC Funding

The Clay County Commissioners had a lengthy discussion this Monday about the Clay County Economic Development Council (EDC). The EDC is a non-profit organization that “is a partnership of the private and public sectors aimed at the overall economic development of Clay County, Missouri.” The EDC is made up of …

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Musings: On Pepper Spray, Security Systems, and Commission Agenda Modifications

Clay County Mindset

I finally made it back down to the Clay County Courthouse on Monday after numerous weeks away. If you haven’t seen the reports that were published you should read THIS and THIS before delving into the Musing below. As a County taxpayer and someone who has observed Clay County politics …

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County Commission Votes 2-1 to Modify Agenda

Comment Sections Moved to End of Meeting, Commissioner Comments Removed, Commission Given Ability to Limit Public Comment Time With Majority Vote Monday’s Clay County Commission meeting brought another round of the usual back and forth seen between Presiding Commissioner Jerry Nolte and Commissoner Ridgeway. This week it pertained to proposed …

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