Rumor has it that Perry County has hit a procedural snag in its quest to remain on the same time as its neighbors in the Southwestern part of the state. The snag being that the US Department of Transportation does not seem to think it has received a request from Perry County to change time zones.
The saga goes something like this. Gov. Daniels campaigns on one statewide time zone that observes Daylight Saving Time, he stated that his inclination was for the Central Time Zone. Realizing that they can’t get DST passed if they are up front about the time zone issue, DST proponents just ignore it and leave the mess to be settled on a patchwork, county-by-county basis. A lot of counties go through the process, requesting Central Time:
Only a select few have their request granted, leaving a map that looks like this:
However, a number of those granted their request to be moved to Central Time, reconsider:
(Counties petitioning to change back to Eastern Time in yellow.) Pulaski County (in the northwest) has since had its request granted and is back on Eastern Time, effective March 11, 2007.
The Southwestern Counties (Knox, Daviess, Martin, Pike, and Dubois Counties) are now the subject of a proposed rule to return them to Eastern Time. Public comment is open at USDOT docket OST-2007-28746 until August 15, 2007.
Back to Perry County. The Perry County Commissioners did not sign on to the Southwestern County petition. Instead, they dithered for awhile and then recently adopted a resolution to the effect that, if the Southwestern Counties went back to Eastern Time, they wanted to do so as well. Rumor has it that the Perry County News is reporting
(in its paper version and not yet on its online version) that the USDOT does not have any documentation in front of them that it considers to be a petition on behalf of Perry County. Rather, they received some paperwork from Perry County that they considered to be evidence in support of change by the Southwestern Counties. Apparently the Perry County attorney never touched base with the folks at the USDOT to tell them what Perry County’s intent was.
The saga continues.