Clay County Commission approved its preliminary spending plan for federal American Rescue Plan funding Monday night.
The spending plan includes allotting some of the county’s $3.1 million towards HVAC upgrades as well as parks and solid waste department needs.
However, the plan isn’t set in stone. New Commissioner Winton Young said he’d like the county to consider putting funds towards the hospital.
“I know we all want a hospital,” Young said. “We sure need to keep that in the back of our minds, somewhere, some money in case we need it to match what the city is doing. And we don’t have to spend it, but if we need it, we need to be able to get our hands on it.”
Commissioner Bryan Coons said he’d like to visit spending some of the money on the fairgrounds or a community center. He said he’d like to put the spending plan on the agenda for next month’s planning meeting for further discussion.
Coons said because there are some newer commissioners, it would be a good idea to catch them up to speed.
“If we can still adjust the rest of it, what I would recommend, is at the next meeting we get together and discuss it as a group because I think some of the commissioners are out tonight,” Coons said. “And it will help catch up some of the newer commissioners because they didn’t get the months of time to look back. And we can discuss what we can do for the districts and for the county.”
Mayor Dale Reagan said it is up to the commission for final approval on each individual item. He said that put preliminary ideas down that he thought would be a good place to start and good use of funds.