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Merom council looks for new attorney, makes plans for summer road construction


The Merom Town Council needs a new lawyer after former attorney, Deborah Shepler, moved on to work with the Sullivan County prosecutor.

“I would say that (hiring a new attorney) is what we need to do,” John Gettinger, the president of the council, said.

A few lawyers were suggested and the council plans to have their new attorney at the next meeting.

“I’ll call Josh (Joshua Reshey, with Southern Indiana Legal Group) as soon as I can,” Councilman Kaleb Westbrook said. “… I’ll invite him to the next meeting and we can go from there.”

They will be accepting bids until today at 1 p.m. for road construction in the town. They are using money from a grant with the Indiana Department of Transportation’s Next Level Roads: Community Crossings Initiative.

One project they are looking into is fixing a retaining wall on Bluff Road.

“We took them down (contractors) and showed them the road,” Westbrook said. “They thought it was do-able. So now they can give us bids and we can go from there.

“I don’t think they are going to put the wall back in concrete,” he said. “… there are going to use riprap rock.”

In other business:

• They discussed when the bathrooms at the bluff should be opened and decided with still unstable weather that they will be open before Easter but didn’t set a specific date.

• They also have been having an issue with people using a city hydrant to get water.

“We are paying more and we weren’t booked during those times,” June Shacklett, the clerk-treasurer, said.

The town council decided to place a lock on the hydrant at this time.

• Advertisement for bids to mow the various properties, which include the Bluff Park, cemetery and downtown area, will be advertised and the council hopes to select a bid at the April meeting.

• Councilwoman Jackie Gettinger brought up a new idea to have groups submit detailed drawings and then they can adopt the table at the bluff to paint as their own.

The discussion was tabled while Gettinger looks at steps for the process.

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