County chooses financing for 911 project

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Putnam County Emergency Operations Center

Financing for a nearly $1 million software upgrade for Putnam County 911 Dispatch got a big boost Monday with the county commissioners approving financing for the project.

The commissioners unanimously accepted the bid from North Salem State Bank to finance the $960,000 project. The 10-year loan comes at a rate of 2.5 percent with no prepayment penalty.

Other bids were submitted by First National Bank, Government Capital Corp. and First Financial Bank.

Although financing is in place, the big question remaining in the project is whether the Putnam County Council will enact a County Adjusted Gross Income Tax (CAGIT) for public safety to pay for this and other public safety projects.

The council will consider the CAGIT question at its 6:30 p.m. meeting on Tuesday, May 19.

During the brief meeting, the commissioners discussed a number of other items.

* They approved a new pre-trial diversion ordinance. The only major change in the new ordinance is to get rid of a buy-out option for people sentenced to community service.

* The commissioners approved a contract with Jackque Clements of Maximus to again assist the auditor and county council during budget season. The contract is for $5,000.

Prior to approval, Clements presented a report showing that the efforts of Maximus and the county garnered $114,141 in Title IV D work in 2014, a figure that is up $35,000 over 2013.

* A request for a road closure from Larry Parker of the Putnam County Antique Tractor Club was granted. The club will be having a show at Chandler's Farm at County Road 825 East and U.S. 40 on May 29-31. As part of the event, the members will be driving their machinery from Chandler's to Belle Union on Saturday, May 30.

This will require the closure of just over three miles of county roads 825 East, 400 South and 800 East between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon.

The commissioners gave their blessing and advised Parker to contact Sheriff Scott Stockton about perhaps providing deputies for traffic control during the event.

* A road closure was also granted for a Saturday, June 20 event at Krambo's in Manhattan.

The sixth annual Dash 4 Cash motorcycle scavenger hunt will benefit Bree Jewell, a seven-year-old from Greencastle battling Stage 4 cancer.

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