The current plan is to auction off items in the building as well as land parcels surrounding the building. What to do with the building itself is still a puzzle.
"We need people to give us their ideas," said Commissioner Jim Baird. "We're getting down to the wire here and need to hear what people think can be done with it."
Earlier this year, the commissioners cited budget constraints and just five residents as factors in their decision to close the 140-year-old facility.
Commissioners were presented with two bids for auctioneer services for items at the home. They are trying to determine a possible date and are still accepting auctioneer bids.
"I'd like to get some other bids besides these two," said Baird.
County Planner Kim Hyten heads a group that has been inventorying all the items in the home.
The Putnam County Jail received most of the food items that were still at the home, with the Emergency Operations Center also receiving a few items.
Non-food items such as cleaning supplies, refrigerators and paper products were disbursed to the County Annex and Courthouse, in addition to the EOC and jail.
Additionally, a long list of all furniture, electric items, dishes and other non-food items has been put together with the intention of auctioning them off in the near future.
Representatives from the Putnam County Museum presented a list of items they feel have "historic" value and should be preserved and displayed at the museum.
These items included an old Koken Barber's Supply chair, signs with the facility's name on them, an old Royal typewriter, the old dinner bell and some of the State Farm hickory furniture.
"We think these things should be preserved. They have historic value and we can have a display at the museum," said Mavis Broadstreet, past board member at the museum.
"I remember going out to the county home when I was a young girl and that barber chair was always there," she recalled. "These items are important to the history of the county. We'd like to have them."
Baird joked with Broadstreet, saying he would like to give the home to the museum.
"We can't afford it," retorted Broadstreet good-naturedly.
Phil Gick, President of the Heritage Preservation Society, also spoke to commissioners offering the organization's help in finding ways to preserve the old home.
"It's important to keep some acreage with the building as well," he said.
Gick also offered the organization's services in helping have Indiana Historic Landmarks advertise the building.
Hyten told the Banner Graphic he believes at least four acres will remain with the building because of septic and maintenance issues. The rest of the acreage will be parceled and probably sold.
Hyten also suggested commissioners might want to talk with Putnam County Sheriff Steve Fenwick about possibly moving the jail annex at the home to somewhere near the new jail.
"We believe it is the first jail operated in the county," said Hyten. "Maybe some club or organization could help find a way to move it."
Some suggested uses for the home received by the Banner Graphic have included using it as an eastside Greencastle Fire Department, future location of the courthouse annex, future site for ResCare, a community youth center and a Bed and Breakfast.
"Approximate cost to tear down the building is at least $75,000. Renovations to the building would probably cost $100,000 with $4,000 right off for a new boiler system," said Hyten.
Commissioners want to get the plans for the facility finalized. They took bids for the auction of items under consideration along with the museum's request for items.