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Merrillville Town Hall will close Dec. 23-25

MERRILLVILLE ­— Many town employees got a small holiday bonus — an extra paid day off.

The Town Council recently voted to close town hall on Dec. 23 for all nonessential services. It already was to be closed Dec. 24-25.

“It’s a day of appreciation for all the work the employees do for so little,” Town Council President Carol Miano, D-3rd, said.

She said town employees have gone without raises the last several years and the town has nothing else to give them in appreciation.

She said it’s slow at town hall on those days.

The council also agreed to place “No Parking” signs on the north side of East 56th Place and on the east side of Indiana Street, in the Glenwood Manor subdivision on the east side of I-65.

Councilman Richard Hardaway, D-2nd, recommended the signs requested by some residents. He said the streets are only 20 feet wide and neighbors park on them, making it difficult for school buses and emergency vehicles to get through.

Hardaway also reported a rash of thefts of manhole covers in the Turkey Creek area, probably to sell for scrap. He said the missing covers create a safety hazard for drivers and asked if they could be secured better.

Town Manager Bruce Spires said the Young America neighborhood faced that issue a couple of years ago.

“We bolted them in and it solved the problem,” Spires said.

In a separate Redevelopment Commission meeting, council members approved a resolution to expand the Mississippi Street tax increment financing district, which will provide the $500,000 needed to resurface Clay Street.

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