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April 10, 2012

Sellersburg OKs attorney’s contract

SELLERSBURG — The Sellersburg Town Council, in a brief meeting Monday night, approved a contract with the newly hired town attorney and approved the continuation of several projects.

Clark County Deputy Prosecutor Jake Elder’s contract to serve as Sellersburg’s town attorney was approved and he will replace long-time town attorney Perry McCall.

“I’m just very thankful that the Sellersburg Town Council gave me the opportunity,” Elder said.

Elder, who also serves as the Clark County Solid Waste Management District Attorney, said he plans to maintain all of his positions as of right now.

McCall resigned earlier this year, after serving as the town’s attorney for nearly two decades, citing “various personal reasons.” He has agreed to continue to represent the town in an ongoing annexation lawsuit involving Sellersburg and Covered Bridge.

A hearing in the case is set for May 23.

Elder’s contract is set to run for the remainder of the year and he will be paid the same as McCall, $4,333 per month, up to $52,000 annually.

In addition to the attorney’s contract, the town approved an agreement to continue to pay the water and wastewater fees for Silver Creek Township Park, which total about $700 annually, said Sellersburg Municipal Works Director Ken Alexander.

He said as part of the agreement Sellersburg Little League will place two signs at the park, which will help with a requirement for the town to meet its Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System — MS4 — requirements. The value of the advertisements is about $500.

Compliance benefits for Bob Owings Patterns, a thermoforming and plastics manufacturer, which relocated to the town in October was reviewed and approved.

The compliance benefits are related to a 10-year tax abatement on real property that is expected to reach a total value of $1.95 million; and a five-year tax abatement for equipment and personal property, which along with salaries is expected to total $2.15 million for Owings Patterns’ relocation.

Sellersburg’s Town Council also approved a change order for work on Penn Street totaling $4,098.

Alexander explained, due to the location of utilities, a storm drain had to be relocated and the cost is associated with the design changes.

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