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MARTIN — Martin City Council met Tuesday and among the topics discussed was the appointment of a new city attorney to replace the missing Clyde Johnson.

During Tuesday’s regular meeting of the city council, Mayor Sam Howell told those in attendance that the city had to fill the position of city attorney quickly. The position has been vacant since former city attorney Clyde Johnson disappeared a month ago.

“We have to have legal counsel,” said Howell. “We needed it yesterday.”

Martin has been beset by a deluge of legal wranglings over the city’s wastewater treatment plant and annexation plans during the last year, and Howell said the city simply can’t be without counsel. Howell told city council members that he had retained Doug Adams to take over as the city’s attorney.

Howell said Adams was unable to attend Monday’s meeting, but that he would get him up to speed quickly.

Also during Tuesday’s meeting, the council got a report from Summit Engineering regarding the construction of its lift stations. According to the report presented the council, lift station number 10 at Grigsby Heights is online and working properly. The number eight lift station behind IGA grocery is next in line, with the number 6 station at Dingus Bottom to follow.

Summit Engineering says things are moving quickly and that presently they anticipate the project to be completed ahead of schedule. Officials also noted that the treatment plant has undergone renovations including replacing the ultraviolet sanitizer. Howell said that these improvements should already be greatly benefiting the city.

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