LOWELL | When the town completed the annexation of 117 acres last month, it added a makeshift memorial at the southwest corner of Ind. 2 and Austin Avenue to its boundaries.
On Monday, the Lowell Town Council agreed to designate that section of Ind. 2 as Paul Mitchell Highway in memory of the Lake County sheriff's officer who died there June 12, 1999.
Councilman Donald Parker, D-3rd, a former law enforcement officer, made the request.
Parker said Mitchell, who was 24 at the time and had one year of service with the department, was responding to a call when he hit a guardrail, hydroplaned and crashed at the site.
Parker said he was not certain whether a resolution will be necessary because the site includes a state highway. He will pursue the matter with the council's support.
Parker estimated it will take four to five months to arrange for a formal dedication because Mitchell's family will be coming in from out of state.
In other business, the council approved Clerk-Treasurer Judy Walter's request to advertise for board and commission appointments for the upcoming year.
The council agreed its last meeting of the year will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 30.