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Tell City department chiefs back in 2009

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Mayor, council announce annual appointments

By Vince Luecke

TELL CITY – The new year won't bring noticeable changes to the roster of department heads in Tell City. Mayor Barbara Ewing reappointed for another year all city department heads at last Monday's first meeting of the year. Other appointments to various committees were announced by the mayor and city council.

Police Chief Greg Hendershot and Assistant Chief John Allen, appointed to their jobs last spring, will return to their posts for 2009, as will Wastewater Superintendent Bruce Badger, Street Commissioner Jeff Everly, Fire Chief Greg Linne and Assistant Chief Steve Hauser, Water Department Superintendent Dale Poole and Cemetery Sexton Earl Parker. Jim Tyler will remain city attorney.

Gerald Yackle was re-elected president of the city council for 2009 with council members John Little and Dianne Rudolph returning to the Tell City Board of Public Works and Safety, where they'll serve with Ewing.

Other appointments were Gilbert Spindler to the Perry County Alcoholic Beverage Board and Chris Cail to the Perry County Convention and Visitors Bureau, where he'll fill the remainder of the term of Scott Dixon.

City leaders are seeking input and inquiries of interest before making appointments to the City Parks and Recreation Board and Tell City Electric Department Board of Directors. Tim Harding has stepped down from the electric board while Mickey McMahon is leaving the parks and recreation board.

Both of those boards are politically balanced and since Harding and McMahon represent the Republican half of the two groups, their replacements should also be Republicans.

Ewing will fill the parks-board vacancy while the electric-board appointment belongs to the council.

Anyone interested can visit or call the mayor's office at 547-5511, write to P.O. Box 515, Tell City IN 47586 or contact Ewing or any council member.

Humboldt Street Station

The city's works board agreed to seek two appraisals of the little-used Humboldt Street Fire Station in preparation for selling the structure. Firemen no longer have a need for the station and the works board hasn't come up with any other city use.

Federal Stimulus Package

Ewing said the city would forward a letter of intent expressing interest in an upcoming neighborhood-stabilization program that could provide money for rehabilitating homes in the city. A series of Web-based seminars has been offering more information from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.

In other business, city leaders:

• Approved a 2009 contract with the Perry County Development Corp. The city will pay $96,799 for economic-development and retention services.

• Accepted a contract with Troy Township officials on providing fire coverage for unincorporated areas of Troy Township. Township coffers will provide $8,000 during the year and cover half of the department's insurance premiums.

• Announced that meetings of the works board and water board will be delayed from Jan. 19 to Jan. 20 due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.