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Merom council hopes grant plans finished by fall


The Merom Town Council soon hopes to set up a meeting with Merom Improvement Association to plan for a grant to improve features of the town’s bluff.

Councilman John Gettinger said he and others also plan to speak with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to “kind of go over what they want us to do and what we want to do.”

They hope to use the grant, a Wabash River Heritage Corridor grant, to improve a cabin along the bluff, as well as create a nature trail and install restroom facilities.

“We get that going. Probably later in the spring, we’ll have a little better picture of what that’s gonna take …” Gettinger said. “By fall, I’d like to see it pretty much done.”

In other business:

• The council members signed paperwork for the state on nepotism and conflicts of interest.

• The board also approved splitting a $1,500 bill with MIA to trim trees on the bluff.

• Clerk-Treasurer June Shacklett told the council that the town’s workers’ compensation expenses dropped from $814 to $673 and its property, casualty insurance costs dropped from $4,228 to $4,158.

• Gettinger also informed his fellow council members that roughly 35 town residents had signed a petition saying they were interested in hearing more from a company about installing natural gas on their properties.

• Council member Kaleb Westbrook informed the others that he was leaving a current job, allowing them to move town board meetings back to 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month.

The council quickly voted to change to that scheduled time.

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