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
“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.
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.
County Commissioner Travis Jerwers voted 'no' on the resolution, stating
he felt this would be a further cost to the county for attorney fees.
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.
County Commissioner John Love said he asked the county prosecutor
several questions this past week before making his decision.
indicated he had not spoken with either legal counsel before making
three commissioners said they had not been given any kind of proposed
amount of what a settlement could cost.
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.