Rhonda Lieske took the oath of office from Council President Gregg Roudebush. Lieske replaces Debbie Dyer, a Democrat, who resigned from her council seat on Sept. 11 to accept a job as the Worthington Deputy Town Clerk.
Dyer was elected to a third term last November.
A Democratic Party Caucus among Jefferson Township precinct committeemen was conducted on Oct. 1 and Lieske was selected for the vacant council seat.
Lieske, a native of the Baimbridge area in Putnam County, will fill Dyer's remaining term of 3 years and 3 months.
She moved to Worthington about 9 years ago to take an assignment with the U.S. Postal Service as postmaster -- serving from 2003 until her retirement in 2009.
Lieske, a member of the Worthington Garden Club, was named Park Board President in March.
The new council member said she was asked to serve, but did so without hesitation.
"I just want to give back to the community the best I can and hopefully can make a difference," she commented. "I'm just here to lend a hand...and help continue to make Worthington a thriving community and a place where families want to come and live."
In other business, the town council approved the town's 2013 budget.
The budget looks very familiar to the other council members who served a year ago.
"It's exactly the same budget (as 2012)," Councilman Roudebush noted.
The General Fund totals $380,650; $67,100 in the Motor Vehicle Highway Fund; $20,000 in the Local Roads and Streets Fund; $20,000 in the Cumulative Capital Improvements Fund; $9,800 in the Cumulative Capital Development Fund; and $2,400 in the Law Enforcement Education Fund.
The budget now goes to the State Board of Accounts for review and final approval of tax rates.
The council established one-day Halloween trick or treating hours for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Linda Campbell, representing Open Arms Christian Ministries, requested permission from the council to conduct a 5-K run in the spring of 2013 in Worthington as a fundraiser.
No exact date, time or route has been established, yet, but Campbell said she wanted to make sure it was okay for the runners to use the streets and town park before making firm plans. She also asked for assistance from the police department to help with traffic control during the run.
Councilman Roudebush advised that approval to use the park and its facilities would have to come from the Park Board.
Roudebush said as far as the town was concerned, he didn't see a problem using the streets or the police department.
"Get us a route and we'll work with you," he said.
In other action, the council:
* Agreed to pay $195 to have seven police department VHF radios re-banded to receive new frequencies as mandated by state authorities.
* Agreed to pay for evening meals for deputy marshal Randy Raney while he attends upcoming training at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy. Breakfast and lunches are provided at the training center.
* Learned that the planned Bean Dinner in the park on Oct. 20 had been canceled and will be rescheduled in the spring.