Residents from Heritage Lake appeared in front of Putnam County Commissioners Monday asking for help in getting the nearly 30 miles of roads paved and repaired.
The group presented an option for the county to take out a bond to pay for approximately $3 million which is the cost estimate given to pave the roads in second largest populated area in Putnam County.
The cost for that bond spread out over 20 years would be $222,000 a year for the county.
"This is just one option. We would like you to contact the person listed on this proposal and secondly want you to consider our offer to work with you to get a bond," said Dan Antico.
"We've got to do something. Put some kind of plan together and look at what funding opportunities are available," he continued.
Commissioner Gene Beck told the group that the county has concentrated on keeping Heritage Drive, the main road in the area in A-one shape.
"There are other roads in our county that have to be resurfaced. This year we'll be lucky just to get all our roads patched," said Beck.
"That amount is about the money we have to spend for the whole county. We have to pay salaries, trucks and stones out of that fund. We can't spend all our money in one area," continued Beck.
Antico reminded the board about a meeting last year when they asked the commissioners to start looking "outside the box" for solutions to repairing the roads in Heritage Lake.
"We're just asking you consider our request, contact this person. We've got to do something," insisted Antico.
Kristina Warren noted that in the bond proposal, part of the money would come from the CAGET fund and that money is controlled by the County Council and already in use.
Beck also talked about a recent meeting about the bridges in the county and noted that the county is being forced to preserve some iron and covered bridges to the tune of at least $200,000 to $300,000.
"We have to take down the bridge and store it at the highway garage for 15 years or bypass one of the covered bridges. We have to pay a lot of money for that and don't have a choice about it," he said.
Bridge 146 is one of the bridges that will cost the county $120,000.
"That's our share of the cost," said Beck.
He noted that a bypass for the covered bridge would cost $1,940,000 and the steel bridge south of Barnard built in 1910 will cost $1,926,000 with the county being liable for a portion of the cost.
He added that a recent meeting with INDOT in Crawfordsville showed that approximately $7 million would be available for the region that includes Putnam County from stimulus funds for bridges. This area also includes 16 counties that will all vie for the money.
"Stimulus money is going to the larger counties. We just don't get the kind of money they get," added Beck.
In other business, the commissioners discussed an ongoing problem in the courthouse with the phone lines that were hit by lightning a few weeks ago.
Some phones don't ring at all. Intercoms come on for no reason.
"We don't know our phones are even ringing unless the answering machine comes on," said one worker.
Another problem appears to be with software being outdated. The problems are being dealt with and courthouse workers hope they will soon be resolved.