Residents and county officials may not have enough time to do everything, but they certainly find the Indiana time issue confusing.
County Commissioner President David Parr told reporters Monday he hopes Clay, Vigo and Putnam counties will end up in the same time zone after federal officials indicated individual counties could petition to change time zones. Earlier this year, the Indiana General Assembly decided to put the state on Daylight Saving Time next year, causing residents and employees to turn clocks back one hour in autumn ("fall back") and turn clocks ahead one hour in the spring ("spring ahead".) Most of the State has been on Eastern Standard Time while 47 of the nation's 50 states have opted for Daylight Saving Time rather than Standard Time.
Parr plans to check with other county officials before suggesting a course of action -- if any -- for Clay County.
"All of us close to the Illinois border are up in the air about what to do," Parr said during a break in the County Commissioners meeting Monday morning.
He said Gov. Daniels is seeking input from eight to 10 of the state's largest communities, hoping to gain a consensus about the Indiana time situation, whether most of the state should remain in the Eastern time zone or be divided between Eastern (New York) and Central (Chicago) time. In the meantime, counties close to Chicago have been in the Central time zone for years.
Parr's constitutents are upset that the governor is on a trip to Japan while the time issue remains unsettled.
Parr sees Indiana's location as being a potential "blessing" if the time issue can be resolved. He sees Indiana as being a distribution point for manufacturing located in large cities, such as Chicago, St. Louis and Cincinnati, "but they are on different times," he said, which makes communication be-tween cities confusing.