Property owners along Road 5 gathered Thursday afternoon in the Putnam County Commissioners office to hear the decision regarding the Road 5 litigation case. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)
Property owners along Road 5 gathered Thursday afternoon in the Putnam County Commissioners office to hear the decision regarding the Road 5 litigation case. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)

LEIPSIC — The Putnam County Commissioner board room was filled with local residents Thursday afternoon when the Putnam County Commissioners voted on a resolution regarding their next step on the Road 5 litigation case. By a 2-1 vote the Putnam County Commissioners voted to appeal the decision made by the Third Appellate District Court of Appeals to the Ohio Supreme Court.

“I spoke with our prosecutor and learned we have a 45-day window to take action following the Appellate Court's decision. We had to respond one way or the other,” Putnam County Commissioner John Love said. “I want to continue, though, to attempt a settlement option.”

The Court of Appeals made their decision on June 23.

Third Appellate District Court of Appeals of Ohio overturned a ruling by the Putnam County Court of Common Pleas surrounding the widening of Road 5. The Putnam County Common Pleas Court had ruled that the commissioners' policies for providing notice on regular meetings and special meetings complied with ORC 121.22. The ruling by the Third Appellate District Court of Appeals overturned that ruling.

Putnam County Commissioner Travis Jerwers voted 'no' on the resolution, stating he felt this would be a further cost to the county for attorney fees.

Putnam County Commissioner Vince Schroeder said he spoke with the county's legal defense in Columbus by phone and went over things before making his decision. He also said that while pursuing an appeal, the county could perhaps look into negotiations with the plaintiffs on the case.

Putnam County Commissioner John Love said he asked the county prosecutor several questions this past week before making his decision.

Jerwers indicated he had not spoken with either legal counsel before making his decision.

All three commissioners said they had not been given any kind of proposed amount of what a settlement could cost.

Jerwers said the appeal would cost the county money for legal fees “like the board of elections case."

Read more about this in the July 23 edition of the Putnam County Sentinel.