STAUNTON -- Traci Lawson was introduced as the Staunton Town Attorney during the council's monthly meeting Monday.
Lawson, originally from Brazil, is a member of the law firm Cox, Zwerner, Gambill and Sullivan, Terre Haute.
She also serves as the attorney for the City of Brazil.
On Monday, Lawson presented the council an updated contract as all three council members signed the contract.
Prior to hiring Lawson to serve as town attorney, Staunton used the services of Wright, Shagley and Lowery, Terre Haute.
However, council member Brad Webster recently sent the firm a letter asking it to cease conducting business with the town.
On Monday, Lawson said Staunton Town Council President Andy Kirchner contacted her in the fall, asking her to represent the town.
"I wouldn't mind working with a few more (towns)," Lawson said.
Meanwhile, the council was approached by town resident Rick Mattox Monday in reference to placing a beehive on his property.
Mattox, who lives at 205 Pleasant St., Staunton, asked the council if there was anything in the town's ordinances stating beehives were not allowed within town limits.
Webster said he was unsure if there was any ordinance against beehives. However, he and council member Ed Nevins asked Mattox if he planned to discuss the issue with his neighbors, to which Mattox said he would do so.
Both Webster and Nevins said they did not have a problem with it, but added they would check the town ordinances regarding the issue.
Webster said he would get in contact with Mattox in the future regarding the issue.
In other news, the town:
* Learned it was out of cold patch (cold black top) and advised town employee Alvin Ripple to purchase more,
* Learned two new water meters had been installed for residents,
* Learned the town's water system was in need of another booster pump for a chlorine line and some piping needed replaced. Town Water Supervisor Jake Raubuch told the council the cost for the replacements was estimated at $1,400. The council unanimously voted to replace the items,
* Learned Town Marshal Chuck Jones cited five residents for speeding in January and another for disregarding a stop sign,
* Learned Jones had to tag three vehicles for no registration and had another impounded, and
* Learned Jones purchased a First Aid kit for the police squad car. In addition, Jones told the council he planned to have the squad car's radar recalibrated.
The council meets regularly on the second Monday of each month at the Staunton Community Center. Its next meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., March 12.