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By VINCE LUECKE
TELL CITY – Mayor Barbara Ewing reappointed Tell City department heads to their jobs for 2013 at last Monday’s meetings of the city council and board of public works. She also named people to a new committee that will study annexation and present a recommendation later this year to the council.
Tell City’s mayors have a long tradition of announcing appointments on one of two dates, the day city leaders are sworn in or during the first meetings of the new year.
Ewing is beginning the second year of her second term and announced last week that she is keeping Gary Morton and Gerald Yackle on the city’s board of public works and safety. Ewing is the third person on the board, which oversees the city’s police and fire departments, Greenwood Cemetery and street and wastewater departments.
Other department heads reappointed for another year are Greg Hendershot, chief of police; John Allen, assistant police chief; Greg Linne, fire chief; Steve Hauser, assistant fire chief; Bob Young, building-code inspector; Earl Parker, Greenwood Cemetery sexton; James Tyler, city attorney; Maurice Harpenau, parks and recreation director; Bruce Badger, wastewater utility superintendent; Jeff Everly, street commissioner and Dale Poole, water-department superintendent.
In addition to naming members to various committees, Ewing announced an 11-member annexation committee that will study a recommendation made in the city’s new comprehensive plan. Marlow Smethurst, superintendent of the Tell City Electic Department, will chair the group. The electric utility played a major role in a study done several years ago under then Mayor Gayle Strassell. The council declined then to annex areas into the city.
In addition to Ewing and Smethurst, serving on the panel will be Council President Gerald Yackle, Clerk-Treasurer Jenny Richter, Poole, Badger, Everly, Hendershot, Linne and Tell City Plan Commission President Mack Cail.
Asked by Morton when the committee might present its recommendations, Ewing said the group’s findings will guide the process.
“We want to do this right. We want it to be a positive for our community,” she said.
The committee will also work to prepare a fiscal plan that is required anytime a city annexes new areas.
The document will include a plan on how the city would extend services to the annexed area and how much it would pay to compensate the exiting provider of electric services for the area the city is taking away.
Councilman Chris Cail asked if the committee should include “average citizens” who aren’t already part of city government. Ewing said members could be added in time.
The group could also seek input from others in the community.
Yackle Re-elected Council President
Yackle was re-elected council president for 2013.