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Merom council tackles a plethora of topics during its monthly meeting


The Merom Town Council touched on a wide variety of topics during its
April monthly meeting.

The council report Community Crossings grant work had started with
sidewalk work on Market and Second streets and down Fetter Street to
SR 58. Blacktop work was to begin the following week.

Plenty of discussion centered on the parks report. Items included a
picnic table broken and being repair; rain has caused a hindrance to
mowing efforts; and the weed eater was being fixed.

Council member Mike Rinehart reported on lights he had found for the
basketball court, with the board approving the purchase of three
lights. They will be mounted on the post of the fence unless this
would make them low enough for basketballs to hit, then the lights
would be raised. Town clerk-treasurer June Shacklett said she would
contact Duke Energy about using their bucket truck.

Rinehart also informed the council about a router that would allow the
town to use the town hall building as a public hot spot for internet

The council approved the purchase of both the lights and the router.

Council member John Gettinger spoke about the river project, saying he
plans on meeting with the Springers later that week to ask about the
land above the water line.

The council discussed several topics concerning the bluff park.

• Repairs of the stairway down the bluff and at the lookout, with
Gettinger suggesting the wood on the stairs and lookout be stained.

• Thirty-gallon trash cans were suggested to be secured at the
basketball court, in the parks and down the bluff. The council
approved going to Riggs Hardware to get items necessary to fasten the
trash cans down so they can't be stolen. Also mentioned was
basketballs and a container for the basketballs had been stolen.

• Duke Energy has to come and do the final hookups for the electrical
improvements made on the bluff. Everything electrical is now in good
shape. The final bill from McNeill Electrical Services is $1,750.02,
to be paid by council approval from Local Income Tax fund.

• Town employees reported bluff bathrooms are now working, noting sand
in the small water lines kept the urinals from shutting off. Gettinger
said he would like to see COVID money used to fix the bluff bathrooms.
Paint is available for the bathroom floors. Town employees had painted
over the graffiti at the shed at the bottom of the bluff. Shacklett
asked to move the trail cams so that the town know who is doing it and
can stop it.

The council approved Carr-Thomas to provide a dumpster for a town
cleanup on May 21 to 23. The Merom Improvement Association would pay
for half of the $500 fee.

Council president Doug Bates said the town is going to start sending
letters to people in town to clean up their properties. The letter is
to state that fines may be imposed and if there isn't any improvement
by the next meeting, then fines will be imposed with the next
letter. This is to be a warning letter. lf the town isn't satisfied
with the improvement then the town will pay for cleanup and a lien
will be put against the property.

Bates also wanted to check as to what the fees charged for the park
are and if the board is satisfied with them. Also, he wants to advertise
the park to 
attract more business.

The council was alerted the trees at the north bluff entrance block
being able to see when leaving the park.

The council was informed by new owners of the old Assembly of God
Church and that they intend to have their first service on May 23.
They expressed liking to be involved in the town.

Tom Gofourth spoke about getting more of Merom involved in Google
maps, saying it could bring more visitors and be free marketing for
the town. It is currently being used for Meleah's Restaurant. He
mentioned David Dubree may have a class on this in the future.

Last on the agenda, Bates reported the Sullivan County Sheriff's
Department would be doing more patrols in the town.

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