This Week In History 8/16/18

Clay Today
Posted 8/15/18

5 years ago, 2013

The Clay County Utility Authority board voted to accept a proposed loan to ¬finance 50 percent of a $5.5 million project to build a reclaimed water reservoir in Lake Asbury. The …

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This Week In History 8/16/18

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5 years ago, 2013

The Clay County Utility Authority board voted to accept a proposed loan to ¬finance 50 percent of a $5.5 million project to build a reclaimed water reservoir in Lake Asbury. The remaining 50 percent would come through a partnership with the St. Johns River Water Management District.

The Board of County Commissioners voted 4-1 to engage the Jacksonville office of law firm Foley & Lardner to draft a negotiated contract with California-based Big League Dreams to build a multi-field sports complex that would cost anywhere from $19-to-24 million.

County and federal officials investigated the death of 14-year-old Blake Bryant of Palatka who was killed in a tree-cutting operation in Middleburg. Bryant fell 50 feet from a tree when he accidentally cut through his safety harnesses and fell to the ground at a residential work site at 4202 Scenic Dr.

10 years ago, 2008

Barbara Kirkman, retiring Clay County Supervisor of Elections, appeared in ads supporting the candidacy of her co-worker, Chris Chambless, in his bid to become the new supervisor of elections.

Four separate financial advisors who consulted with Clay County government regarding bonding for road paving projects agreed that the county’s debt-free status was a hindrance in its attempt to find new financing.

After two-and-a-half years of holding worship in Orange Park High School’s cafeteria in the aftermath of breaking away from Grace Episcopal Church in a schism, New Grace Church held its first worship services in its new sanctuary on Fleming Island, just off U.S. Highway 17.

20 years ago, 1998

With two members absent, the Clay County School Board voted 3-0 to approve a $4.14 million salary package that represented a 6.5 percent hike over the previous year for teacher and support personnel pay.

Real estate agent Don Guy of Orange Park pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of causing bodily injury during the commission of a felony instead of the original charge of attempted second-degree murder for the shooting death of fellow realtor Frank Gerwe.

The Board of County Commissioners continued to discuss how best to collect $53,276 in legal fees the county paid defending former Clerk of Court John Keene during a protracted legal battle.

30 Years ago, 1988

The Pier Station community was set to get $322,834 in water, sewer and paving improvements after the county purchased a tract of land formerly owned by the Ham family. Including the bid, awarded to Eighteen Construction Co. of Jacksonville, the total purchase price jumped to $3.79 million.

The Board of County Commissioners certified the millage rate at 8.3652, up from 7.8532 from the 1988-89 fiscal year.

The Clay County School Board and the Clay County Education Association reached an agreement on a new contract that included a minimum $1,300 raise per teacher and an additional $75 contribution from the district on employee health insurance.

40 years ago, 1978

The Board of County Commissioners voted to write President Jimmy Carter for an opinion on the possible dangers posed by a coal-fired generating plant proposed to be built by JEA in the county.

Clay County resident Carl Feit won a $834,000 settlement in federal court in Jacksonville against California-based Carlsburg Mobile Home Properties Ltd. after the company allegedly reneged on a contract to sell Feit a Jacksonville mobile home park.

The lengthy investigation into the missing gavel used by Board of County Commissioners Chairman Dale Wilson came to an end after it was recovered by Green Cove Springs Police who said some children found it in their yard. In the gavel’s absence, Wilson had been using an ashtray to call meetings to order.

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