Clinton County to pay commissioner’s legal fees after paving injunction

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CLINTON COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – Clinton County will pick up the tab for a commissioner’s legal fees after he filed an injunction to put a stop to a paving project.

As News 18 reported back in 2012, former commissioners Mike and Bill Beard voted to pave County Road 450 West. Commissioner Skip Evans sued to stop it, arguing that Mike Beard wanted the road paved because it is in front of Beard’s house. Beard said the paving was needed because of a nearby DNR nature preserve.

A judge ruled against Evans, but he appealed. Evans and two newly elected commissioners stopped the project last January.

Now, a Hamilton County Judge has ruled the county will pay Evans’ $15,000 in legal fees. The county council had argued Evans acted on his own, not as a commissioner. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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