Got gravel? County has dust solution

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Putnam County Commissioners have announced the Dust Control Program for 2008.

The County will match funds up to $20,000 for Putnam County residents who live on gravel roads. Residents can choose between calcium chloride treatment and oil treatment to control the dust in front of their homes.

The County Highway Department will be splitting the cost of the 300-foot treatments. The Highway Department will pay $200 of the total cost of $400 for calcium chloride or $142.50 of the total cost of $285 for oil treatment.

The roads will be graded and holes filled in prior to the treatments.

DND Oil Company will be providing the calcium chloride treatment.

To sign up for the calcium chloride treatment residents will need to come to the County Highway Department at 1624 W. Co. Rd. 225S, Greencastle, between 7:30 a.m. to a 3 p.m. Monday through Friday by July 3. Loren Hoopengarner will be providing the oil treatment.

Both applications are a one-time cost share with the county. The county will not be responsible for and will not share in any cost to have the materials reapplied if the resident is not satisfied with the product.

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  • What about the people who don't live on a gravel road but the COUNTY has turned it into a gravel road? Are they suppose to pay half too??? My road is suppose to be chip and seal but instead of repairing it, gravel was applied.

    -- Posted by opiniononly on Wed, Jun 25, 2008, at 7:30 AM
  • Since last fall our gravel road has had new gravel reapplied 6 times and graded even more. When does the cost of constantly reapplying gravel and grading exceed the cost of chip and sealing?

    -- Posted by DJ on Wed, Jun 25, 2008, at 8:49 AM
  • At least they have filled your holes with gravel. Our chip and seal road was patched a little early on but now the holes are bigger and better(?) than before. Also, huge chucks of chip and seal disappeared during the flooding we had a few weeks ago. I know the guys at the highway department are strapped for money, but it would be nice to see some action outside of the middle of the county.

    -- Posted by hoosierpete on Wed, Jun 25, 2008, at 2:29 PM
  • Oh boy, do I agree with everyone. We had our road chip & sealed twice, yes twice. Doesn't make sense does it. Then to make matters worse an enormous amount of money has been spent on rock/gravel to put over the chip & seal. It really doesn't make sense. When do you stop spending money on gravel and just re-chip & seal the roads. I also realize everyone is strapped, but this band-aid is not a long term solution. Bite the bullet, fix the roads the way they should and in the end, we wouldn't be strapped the way we are now. The end result would make our wallets a little heavier instead of lighter.

    -- Posted by cty-govt-a-muck on Thu, Jun 26, 2008, at 7:21 AM
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