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 Town Council Changes Meeting Night

July 2, 2008 - Starting July 17, regular monthly meetings of the Knightstown Town Council will be held the third Thursday of each month.

The town council voted unanimously at its June 18 meeting to change its meeting night, which had been the third Wednesday in each month, according to Council President Valerie Trump, since 1839. The switch was made to accommodate the town's new attorney, Gregg Morelock, who is not available on Wednesday evenings.

In other business, the council reaffirmed the appointments of Marion Adkins and David Glenn to the Knightstown Plan Commission and the Knightstown Board of Zoning Appeals, respectively. The council also voted on second and third readings to pass an ordinance amending the town's salary ordinance to set a salary range for the town court clerk/department head position of $27,000-$34,000 a year.

The council voted to have town employees dismantle an old barn on town property on County Road 775-West, just south of U.S. Hwy. 40, by September. Council member Steve Neslon said he thought it was important for the town to have its "own house in order" if it's going to go after private property owners who have hazardous conditions on their premises.

Works Manager Mel Matlock told the council the town could receive between $42,000 and $50,000 in emergency disaster funds as the result of storms that hit the area in late May and early June. He said the money will cover expenses the town had for employee overtime, equipment, materials and subconctractors.

Matlock also advised the council that the Glen Cove Cemetery Board had recently, at the request of Knightstown Clerk-Treasurer Judy Haines, OK'd the transfer of $50,000 from a certificate of deposit that came due into the cemetery's operating fund. He also reported that paving projects in town were set to begin in late July.

The council approved a request from Knightstown Chief of Police Danny Baker to close the east side of the town's public square on July 12 for a concert that will benefit the Knightstown Police Department. Baker said a band will play 50s and 60s era music from 5-7 p.m. and that admission will be $5 a family. At Morelock's urging, the council said the sponsor of the event will be required to have a certificate of insurance listing the town as an additional insured on the policy.

 

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