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Pieces falling into place for annex closure

Thursday, September 8, 2011

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The former home of the Putnam County Extension Office at 64 N. U.S. 231 could be its future home. With the closure of the courthouse annex looking more and more likely, the county commissioners toured the Jedele Enterprises building as a possible landing place for the Extension Office.
Aiming for a possible Nov. 1 closure of the Putnam County Courthouse Annex, the Putnam County Commissioners are now faced with the question of where to move the county offices housed in the building at 209 W. Liberty St.

Commissioners have not officially voted to close the annex, but devoted a special meeting after Tuesday's regular meeting to the subject of solutions "if" the annex closes.

For three of the five county-run offices, a solution has already taken shape. The Department of Health, Planning and Zoning Department and Emergency Management Agency have examined the option of moving into office space at the Putnam County Hospital.

The next domino to fall would be the Purdue Extension Office, a problem voiced by Commissioner Gene Beck when he brought up the idea of closing the annex last month.

Tuesday's special meeting took he and fellow commissioner Nancy Fogle to the building owned by Jedele Enterprises at 64 N. U.S. 231 as a possible location for the Extension Office.

In one key way, the building would be ideal for Extension, in that it is just across the highway from the Putnam County Fairgrounds. Additionally, it is the same location the office occupied before moving to the annex.

The problem for the office, though, is the current configuration of the building, which does not have enough adjacent space to house the office. Extension Educator Mark Evans expressed his concerns over this problem during the tour.

Building owner Bob Jedele, who also has his McDonald's office in the building, said the building could possibly be reconfigured to accommodate the Extension Office.

Evans said his office currently occupies 2,700 square feet in the annex, and would need 2,000-2,500 for a new location to be a viable option.

Another option discussed, although not toured on Tuesday, is the old Butcher Block grocery store building on Tennessee Street behind Kentucky Fried Chicken. West Central Solid Waste, another current annex tenant, already has plans to occupy part of this building.

The only other displaced county-run office would be the Veterans Affairs Office, but two other tenants -- Rural Transit and the American Red Cross -- would also be in search of new office space.

The decision is not official, but the question of the annex's closure seems like more of a "when" than an "if."


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Not a road in this county worth driving on, nothing wrong with the annex now, great job commissioners waste some more of are mone while are whole infrastructure in crumbling away........

-- Posted by tru story on Thu, Sep 8, 2011, at 8:02 AM

I hear the Monon & A-Way Home Shelter are available.

-- Posted by ProblemTransmission on Thu, Sep 8, 2011, at 8:52 AM

Are we paying rent in those buildings? Will those 5 offices be more than the upkeep on the Annex? No other County would scatter those offices all over the place. Just a thought, what about the soon to close Away Home Shelter? OR the Spec Building that our taxes are still paying for. I'd bet when all is said and done the closing will cost more than keeping it open.

-- Posted by NeverChanges on Thu, Sep 8, 2011, at 8:54 AM

The Jadele building has had a sign For Rent for several years, I guess the Rich Get Richer. Bail out on the local level.

-- Posted by NeverChanges on Thu, Sep 8, 2011, at 9:09 AM

How about the old Low Bills? Would hold all of them. And plenty of parking. Or is the old Brackneys empty ?

-- Posted by free sprit on Thu, Sep 8, 2011, at 9:17 AM

The Annex is being closed because maintenance and utilities are too high. The county is trying to SAVE money by closing it.

-- Posted by Clovertucky on Thu, Sep 8, 2011, at 11:10 AM

What is missing is the information that drives this discussion. The B-G needs to start asking the tough questions when writing a story like this. I doubt that we have the money to rent or purchase Brackneys, LoBills, etc. The "Spec Building" belongs to the city - not the county! Creating a patchwork of offices will probably cost more not less - B-G you can check these facts. If the county closes the Annex, does the ownership go back to the GCSC (for $1) or does the county get to keep it anyway and tear it down or just let it rot at a continued expense to the county?

If we will continue to maintain this building, then just fix the problems, clean out the crap that has accumulated for each office that is considered storage, and move some of the remaining county offices into the building to better utilize the space. If there is some compelling reasons to leave the building, then please report this info. Sounds like a B-G story to me.

If you are unhappy with the operation and the infastructure of the county, we have an election coming up that will include 2 County Commissioners and now is the time to send them packing. These 2 have not done much for our county except explain why they CANNOT repair roads, maintain bridges, even manage dozens of county departments that desperately need leadership. One of them actually created a special job so that she could afford to become a commissioner! When was the last time you saw the County Highway department working without the use of outside contractors? We have equipment and personnel, that seems to just sit in the yard with no use for months at a time.

There was a time in this city and county when public projects were repaired, maintained or started because they improved the health and lives of the citizens. These projects included repairing or expanding the sewage system, installing storm sewers, paving roads, building bridges (look at all of the WPA bridges in this county), repairing and maintaining buildings,etc. Alot of this work was actually done by the individual departments and agencies without the use of contracts and the Barrett Law. Here's an idea for the B-G, how many times has the city or the county actually used the Barrett Law and for what projects? I think the answer will probably amaze the readers.

-- Posted by gunner on Thu, Sep 8, 2011, at 11:56 AM

Gunner - Love your comments. I agree totally. I came from a county in Ohio 8ys ago and never did I dream the roads were like they are here and the way they are maintained. In the county I came from they had all the equipment to pave and tar / chip. They used a rotating cross crew between county workers and city workers. All city roads and county roads (includes township rds) were paved by this multi dept crew. No roads were gravel in the county. The township roads and low volume county roads were tarred and chipped. All other including city roads were paved. The workmanship was excellent. Why? The crews live in the county and the city so they gave 100% on the projects. They drove the roads themselves & deal with everyone else that drives these roads. Its still done this way to this day and its a great structure that works well for them.

-- Posted by G-boy2008 on Thu, Sep 8, 2011, at 2:49 PM

G-boy... Great comment. You probably came from an area the has very little graft, corruption and kickbacks. It's very difficult to collect political favors from city and county employees that work for a living.

Can someone make sure that Nancy Fogle and Sue Murray see a copy of this paving comment.

-- Posted by gunner on Thu, Sep 8, 2011, at 5:22 PM

Gunner could use a wake up call from someone,this dude is in la la land......

-- Posted by kubotafan on Thu, Sep 8, 2011, at 5:42 PM

Gunner should be renamed Hammer because they hit the nail on the head with his first comment!!!!!

-- Posted by purple_heat on Thu, Sep 8, 2011, at 8:48 PM

Dear bomtrax5...

I had my wake up call and wrote about what I can see from here. You need to stay off of the heavy drugs and contribute, if you can. If you can not contribute - do not attack those that do. I'm guessing that my comments hit real close to home with you which explains your need to attack me. Good luck with that!

-- Posted by gunner on Fri, Sep 9, 2011, at 8:35 AM

Wow...

Greencastle is going downhill so fast.

We need to keep things where they are and do our very best to keep them running at their best.

-- Posted by BlackBarbie22 on Fri, Sep 9, 2011, at 3:01 PM

Right on,BB22!

-- Posted by kubotafan on Sun, Sep 11, 2011, at 6:45 PM


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