Several topics on commissioners' agenda

Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Putnam County Planner Kim Hyten received a "Gold Star" from county commissioners Gene Beck and Jim Baird at Monday nights' meeting. Hyten was recognized by Putnam County 911 Director Dave Costin for all his help in completing the new Emergency Operations Center.

Putnam County Commissioners Jim Baird and Gene Beck discussed issues with the Rockies Express Pipeline in Russellville, heard about digital television changes and approved contracts at their Monday evening meeting.

Beck commented on having received complaints about the repairs not being made on some of the gravel roads near Russellville. He and attorney Scott Huff discussed what could be done to assure that all promised repairs were made.

A member of the audience commented that she had just come from Parke County and they also had issues with road repairs from the pipeline.

Commissioners will continue to monitor the situation.

Federal Communications Commission Attorney-Advisor Thomas S. Nessinger asked for the commissioner's help in getting information out to the public about the changeover from analogue to digital television in mid-February. He offered help in providing presentations and distributing information to the 25.6 percent of the county who could lose television if they do not have a conversion box or cable services.

The government is offering a $40 coupon to purchase the conversion box. Information is available by visiting or calling 888-388-2009 (toll-free).

A Community Corrections grant for 2009-2011 was approved by commissioners pending the review of Attorney Scott Huff. The Operation Life Contract for next year's services was also approved. A contract for the Extension Office was also approved.

A Board of Health contract was tabled until someone from that office could be present to answer questions about a new part-time position.

Commissioners presented a plaque recognizing Deanne White as Dispatcher of the Year. She has worked for the 911 service since 1991.

County Planner Kim Hyten also received a "gold star" plaque for his work with the Emergency Operations Center for 911 Director Dave Costin and county commissioners.

Annual bids were tabled and will be reviewed at 10 a.m. in the Putnam County Auditor's office on January 29. This meeting will include all annual bids and claims.

The commissioners regularly meet on the first and third Monday of the month.

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  • It isn't just the gravel roads near Russellville that are a mess, due to the pipeline going through, it is also the Russellville Morton road. When the road is wet it is very dangerous around the site they were working, as well as about 1/4 mile in either direction. Also,the sides of the road that are messed up. I have no complaints with the pipeline going through, I just hope they will clean up the mess. With all the heavy equipment that travels that road now, wonder how bad it has torn up the road. There are already some pretty good holes to dodge. But I am patient and have hopes that they will make it right.

    -- Posted by interested party on Tue, Dec 16, 2008, at 11:50 AM
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