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 Town Council Hires Attorney from Greenfield

June 18, 2008 - The Knightstown Town Council hired new legal counsel during a special meeting last Friday.

Greenfield attorney Gregg Morelock and his firm, Brand Davis & Morelock, were unanimously approved by the five-member council to be the town's new attorneys. They replace attorney David Copenhaver and his New Castle firm, who resigned May 23.

Council President Valerie Trump said the town will enter into a one-year contract with Morelock and his firm. She said their hourly rate for the remainder of 2008 will be $135, rising to $150 an hour in 2009.

"I think he'll do a good job for the community," Trump said of Morelock. According to the website for Morelcok's firm, his municipal law experience includes current representation of the towns of New Palestine and McCordsville, and past representation of the city of Greenfield and the town of Shirley.

In a related matter, Trump said that Morelock's schedule will not permit him to attend the council's regular monthly meetings on the third Wednesday of the month. To accommodate Morelock, Trump said the council will need to move its meetings to the third Thursday of each month.

With an ordinance changing its meeting night not ready for consideration at last Friday's special meeting, the council's June meeting remains set for the third Wednesday, which is this evening. Trump said an associate of Morelock's will be attending tonight's meeting in his place.

The council also voted at last Friday's special meeting to amend the town's salary ordinance to set a yearly salary range of $27,000-$34,000 for the town court clerk/department head position. Acting on a recommendation from Knightstown Town Court Judge Hayden Butler, the council voted at a special meeting on May 29 to appoint deputy clerk Lisa Cox, Butler's daughter, interim clerk/department head at an annual salary of $30,000.

Also approved at the June 13 special meeting was a request to reduce the hours for Richard Grizzell, the town's water and wastewater operator, who will retire at the end of the month and become an assistant operator. The council did not set Grizzell's pay for the assistant operator position that night, however, saying it would do that after it receives more information about limits Social Security might place on Grizzell's earnings.


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