Following an extended discussion of the project during their Nov. 5 meeting, the Putnam County Commissioners wasted no time in choosing to move forward with the repaving of Edgelea subdivision this week.
The resolution to declare Edgelea an economic improvement district was the first item addressed Monday evening. District 1 commissioner Nancy Fogle made a motion to pass the resolution, which was seconded by president Kristina Alexander.
With Gene Beck late to the meeting with a family emergency, the motion passed 2-0.
The creation of the economic improvement district clears the way for the yearly assessment by which residents will pay for 75 percent of the repaving and drainage project.
The repaving of the 2.8 miles of road comes at an estimated cost of $1.4 million.
Following the previous meeting, the commissioners sent a letter to all houses in Edgelea requesting input on the project, which will add $625 to each household's annual property tax bill over the next 20 years.
Fogle told the Banner Graphic that the majority of the responses were in favor of the assessment, in spite of objections voiced by some.
Besides receiving 40 letters, commissioners also received emails and phone calls from Edgelea residents, the majority of whom approved of the project.
With the economic improvement district approved, the commissioners also unsealed bids on the project.
Specifics of the bids were not discussed, but the two meeting the county's specification came from Wabash Valley Asphalt and Grady Brothers Inc.
The commissioners took the bids under advisement, turning them over to the county highway department for review.