On Dec. 18 the Putnam County Commissioners met to discuss the widening of the southern portion of Road 5. After the courts decision was made on Dec. 3 which denied the preliminary injunction for the residents of Road 5, county prosecutor Gary Lammers met in with the commissioners to discuss moving forward with the Road 5 project.
According to Troy Recker, who was present on behalf of the engineer's office, "the widening of the southern portion will be very similar to the north end where four feet of additional widening and 10 feet of right of way will occur," stated Lammers.
The bases for the project according to Lammers is "it is significant because of the amount of truck traffic and lack of sufficient berm. The ditches along the south end pose a risk for travelers." Now that the county has the funding the commissioners were asked to approve the resolution to authorize the improvements of Road 5. The court found that the county does have the authority for this project after the decision was made for the October hearing.
"This will benefit everyone in the county, it does impact the property owners rights and I think we tried to do the right thing, although there has been some debate about that," said Lammers. The process will be similar to what occurred for the northern portion of Road 5, where the commissioners will conduct a viewing and then a public hearing in order to hear any concerns the public might have. The viewing will be at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 3 and the public hearing will be 1:30 p.m. at the court house on Jan. 3. Commissioner Vince Schroeder moved to pass the resolution and Commissioner Travis Jerwers seconded the motion. Schroeder voted yes for the resolution stating "yes, for the convince, welfare and safety of the residents." The resolution passed with a 2-1 vote.