Indiana 15 honors Cassidy

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Late councilman recognized for longest board service

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TELL CITY – Perry County has been “very well represented” on the Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission Board of Directors, County Councilman Ron Crawford Sr. said during the council’s regular meeting Thursday.

He had never attended a Region 15 meeting, he said, “and I guess the reason the council got invited was because it was their 40th anniversary. It was a very enlightening meeting, a huge crowd and I guess everybody knows we have six counties in Region 15.”

Launched in 1973 as the Patoka Lake Regional Planning Commission, Perry County joined the following year to take advantage of the economic-development services the agency provides. More information is available at http://ind15rpc.org.

“There were three things at the meeting publicly I wanted to bring out that I was very pleased with,” Crawford continued. “They recognized Mr. Alan Cassidy … he had 19 years of service, the most of anybody who’s ever served on it.”

He displayed a plaque awarded “in grateful recognition and memory of Robert Alan Cassidy … with appreciation for many years of loyal and dedicated service to the commission, 1996 to 2013.”

Citing personal reasons, Cassidy announced in April he would resign from the county council at the end of that month. He died July 3.

Cassidy served as president of Indiana 15’s board of directors twice, Crawford said, “and was on their executive board for numerous years.”

Indiana 15 also noted the service of Councilwoman Dianne Rudolph, who joined the council this year but who was lauded by Indiana 15 for 10 years of service.

Councilman Chet Mathena was also recognized, Crawford said.

“He served as president for two years and vice president for two years, so I think the Perry County Council has done a very outstanding job for the past 20 years, apparently, with Region 15,” the councilman said. “I didn’t realize how much goes into it and how many people are involved.”

Other Perry Countians were recognized, he continued, including Joe Hermann, Tara Damin and Calvin Cash.

“I just wanted people to realize that they recognized Alan,” Crawford said. “I thought a lot of Alan; I think we all did. He did a great job for Perry County.

The council normally meets the fourth Thursday of each month but varies that schedule each November and December due to holidays. They’ll meet at 4:30 in the county courthouse Nov. 26 and Dec. 19.