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Merom starts enforcing ordinances, no election for town

Times file photo: People will see the new plans for the Merom Bluffs start to take life as parts of the project are being completed. The project is expected to be completed by summer 2020.

Within the last few months, the Merom Town Council has updated several ordinances to help improve the town.

Some of the ordinances they updated included the mobile home, lawn care for trash and tall grass, loose animals and unregistered vehicles.

One resident wanted to know if they were enforcing the new ordinances. She is worried that her cats or grandchildren might be in danger due to loose animals.

“We can send them a letter,” Council President John Gettinger said. “You can call the Humane Society (of Sullivan County) or the (Sullivan County) Sheriff’s Department as well.”

One resident said they had received a letter and they wanted to let the council know that they were working on making their property compliant with the updated ordinances.

Clerk-treasurer June Shacklett said that some residents have called as well with similar situations.

“We don’t want to take your money,” council member Kaleb Westbrook said. “We just want you to try.”

As for some of the violators, some feel they are not working to become compliant.

“Tonight, we are starting fines,” Westbrook said, adding these are only for those who have not made any effort to get compliant. “I think we should do $50 a week.”

Gettinger wasn’t sure if the council was being too harsh but Westbrook argued that the residents have had a month to at least start working on the issue.

Westbrook made the motion to send the fine once a week until the property was compliant with the ordinances. Gettinger seconded the motion.

In other business:

·        There will be no town election in Merom since there were only three candidates running for town council and one for clerk-treasurer.

The new council will be Gettinger, Westbrook and Mike Rinehart. The clerk-treasurer will once again be June Shacklett.

·        After a request from a resident, the council approved a speed change for Fifth Street from 30 mph to 20.

·        The council is looking into a new refrigerator for the town hall.

·        The Merom Improvement Association Inc. purchased a new baby swing for the park.

·        Part of the plans for the updates to Merom Bluff will include adding a few campsites. Shacklett was asked to look into insurance increases for when this is added.

Construction has started on the Merom Bluff project. Popular Street has been lined with rocks and the road is set to be repaved.

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