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 Carthage Council Hires New Attorney

June 10, 2009 - The Carthage Town Council voted last week to hire new legal counsel.

Adam Forrest, a partner with the Richmond law firm Boston Bever Klinge Cross & Chidester, was unanimously approved at the council’s June 3 meeting. He replaces Chuck Todd, the town’s attorney since 2004, who is stepping down to accept a judicial appointment later this month.

Todd, appointed judge of Wayne Superior Court 1 in late March by Gov. Mitch Daniels, first mentioned Forrest, whose firm bought Todd’s Cambridge City law practice, as his possible replacement at a meeting in early May. Council members met with Todd and Forrest during a special meeting May 27.

Forrest is a 2000 graduate of Marquette University and a 2004 graduate of Creighton University School of Law. According to his resume, he serves as legal counsel for “certain east-central Indiana municipalities” and his practice primarily focuses on litigation, family law, collections, and business and estate planning.

After the vote to hire Forrest, Todd provided council members with a letter summarizing the status of various legal projects he was still working on for the town.

Forrest, he said, will complete these tasks and represent the town under the same terms set forth in Todd’s contract for legal services. In other business, Todd told the council the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Rural Development wants additional paperwork on rights of way the town obtained for its recently completed water improvement project. He said hoped to have the issue resolved by week’s end.

Responding to a question from Council President Rick Bush, Todd said he thought the town’s current sewer ordinance prohibits property owners from having building downspouts empty into the sewer system. Violations, he said, could result in the town taking legal action.

Jon Query, an engineer with Hannum Wage & Cline, updated the council on efforts to get federal stimulus funds to resurface Main Street. Because milling and repaving the road with an asphalt surface mix would have required new curb ramps – an impermissible use for these stimulus funds – the council voted to forgo milling, opting instead for application of a much thinner layer of a polymer modified asphalt mixture.

Query also provided a brief update on the town’s planned improvements to its wastewater system. A proposed timeline he provided shows design work could be finished by September, with construction possibly starting in February.

The council approved a resolution transferring ownership of two Sony video cameras from the Carthage Police Department to the Knightstown Police Department. Right after that vote, the council OK’d the purchase of two new video cameras for $300 for the CPD.

At the request of Clerk-Treasurer Linda McMahan, the council voted to give Deputy Clerk Sandy Jackson permission to go with McMahan to French Lick next week for clerk training. McMahan, who had already received the council’s OK to attend, said the cost will be $360 per person, plus $219 for a hotel room she and Jackson will share.


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