North Vernon and Jennings County agree to discussions

North Vernon and Jennings County are a step closer to addressing the need of a new jail and other long-standing issues.

Last month, the city council received a letter from county officials wanting to collaborate to address the jail issue. Larry Greathouse, city attorney, said then that this would be a good opportunity to address several, unspecified, issues affecting both units of government.

The council voted two weeks ago to allow Greathouse to start further discussions between the city and county. Since then, city officials say that the county has agreed to those discussions. The first is set for Jan. 9th in Vernon. The council passed a resolution last night allowing Brian Hatfield and Jack Kelley to represent the city at these meetings.

Greathouse says that there is no official docket of discussion items at this time and added that no official action will be taken. He says that  any proposals that come up in these meetings will ultimately need to be approved by both the City Council and the County Commissioners.