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Putnam Commissioners Approve $98 Million Bond For Jail Expansion, New School

By a 23-1 vote Monday night, Putnam County Commissioners approved a $98 million bond proposal to fund jail expansion and a new K-8 school. Commissioners spent very little time debating the proposals Monday night, which have been discussed for several years. Only District Four Commissioner Theresa Tayes voted no. Commissioner Cindy Adams cited a concern with maxing out the bond ... Read More »

Putnam Commissioners Approve Budget; Concerns With Tax Increase

Putnam County Commissioners approved its 2021-2022 fiscal year budget Monday night, but not without some concern about the 10 cent increase in property taxes. The proposed increase raises the recommended tax rate from 237.2 to 247.2. Commissioner AJ Donadio said that before commissioners voted no on the tax levy, he asked for alternatives for how to pay for the increasing ... Read More »

Park View Building Could See New Purpose If New Putnam K-8 School Built

If Putnam County builds a new K-8 school, it will likely mean the closure of Park View Elementary school. However, Director of Schools Corby King said the school system would evaluate Park View and its potential for other uses to extend the life of the building. “I personally would like to see us think about utilizing that as a Pre-K ... Read More »

Putnam Commissioners Excited For Opportunities At New Fairgrounds

Putnam County Commissioners liked what they saw in the preliminary draft for the new fairgrounds at a work session Monday night. District 11 Commissioner Darren Wilson said the drawings showed an opportunity to enhance the community through a new venue. “The midway is going to be larger,” Wilson said. “The event area is going to be much larger, the horse ... Read More »

Putnam Commissioners Approve Purchase Of 21 Acres Adjacent To Landfill

Putnam County Commissioners voted 17-4 Monday night to purchase two parcels of land adjoining the current county landfill. County Mayor Randy Porter said the $280,000 purchase will extend the life of the landfill some 20 years. “I don’t think any of us want to go looking for a new place for a landfill so this is a good deal for ... Read More »

Putnam County Expenses Up 7 Percent In First Budget Plan

The Putnam County Commissioners budget committee saw a seven percent increase in county general fund expenses as budget deliberations began Monday night. County department heads requested 18 new employees in the $43 million budget, led by six paramedics, three firefighters and two new 911 dispatchers. County Mayor Randy Porter said he thought the department heads put together a reasonable budget. ... Read More »

Putnam Commissioners Approve Jail Proposal Request

The Putnam County Commissioners voted Monday to move forward with a request for proposals to oversee the jail expansion. A construction manager would oversee and direct the expansion project. Commissioners gave County Mayor Randy Porter authorization to request proposals and begin negotiations on an agreement. Judge Doug McKenzie of the Corrections Committee called the RFP the next logical step in ... Read More »

Committees Named To Consider Fairgrounds, Jefferson Properties

Two committees will consider plans for the Putnam County Fairgrounds property as well as the South Jefferson Avenue property that currently houses the school bus garage and the highway department. Putnam County Commissioners formed the two working groups Monday night to further explore the sale of the county property. Commissioners Chair Mike Atwood said the committees will make decisions about ... Read More »

Active Rules Committee for Future of Putnam

Putnam County Commission Chair Mike Atwood said last week it would benefit the commission to review the county rules. Atwood said he hopes there would not be any reluctance to review county rules and regulations by those elected to serve. Atwood said his suggestion for an active rules committee is about being prepared for the future. “Lets look at it, ... Read More »

Putnam Commission Chair Says Jail Intentions are Clear

Putnam County Commissioners Chair Mike Atwood said a working group decided to keep the jail and justice center downtown after much consideration. Atwood was on the committee appointed two years ago that studied the issues on where to expand the jail and justice center. He said he does not know why it would be suggested the issue has not been ... Read More »