Worthington Town Council President Gregg Roudebush submitted his resignation during the council's monthly meeting Tuesday evening with some special praise for the board and how they work together regardless of political party affiliations.
"I am only doing this in order to take my seat with the Greene County Council starting Jan. 1, 2013," said Roudebush.
In the recent general election on Nov. 6, six candidates were in the race for three seats up for grabs. Voters put Roudebush in one of those seats, but the law says he cannot hold two elected offices at the same time, hence the resignation.
"I have enjoyed several rewarding years as a board member and consider myself lucky to have worked with such a dedicated and sincere group of people," said Roudebush.
"I am also happy to say I have never seen politics enter into any decision made by any member of this or any member of the other boards I was fortunate enough to serve on.
"Their decisions were always based on what they considered to be best for the community.
"I wish nothing but the further success of this board and I am very sure they will continue to keep only the best interests of the town in their decisions."
Roudebush will continue to serve until midnight on Dec. 31 when his resignation becomes effective.
Street Superintendent David Dyer reported the annual fall leaf pick-up is in full swing.
"We've hauled 27 loads of brush and 34 loads of leaves," said Dyer. "We've been grading alleys and patching holes."
Leaf pick-up efforts will continue throughout most of the month.
"I'll go a couple more weeks, through Thanksgiving weekend," said Dyer. "Monday, Nov. 26 will be the last day."
Dyer also said he and former councilman Hal Harp had installed eight lamp poles and lamps and Council member Lena Johnson expressed her thanks.
"We do thank you, and Hal Harp, for all your work out at the park," said Johnson. Other council members agreed.
Councilwoman Rhonda Lieske, who also serves on the Park Board, said the park will be decorated for Christmas but most everything else has been put on hold until spring weather.
The council discussed an offer from a downtown businessman interested in getting the fountain going but Councilman Macky Stahl said there's a leak, so no action was taken.
Action was taken at a meeting in the past approving a couple of parking places downtown be designated as handicapped parking. Dyer reported the signs were ordered and have been delivered but he said he needed assistance from someone with a jackhammer to get the signs installed. The parking places will be on either side of a crosswalk near the Worthington Senior Citizens Center.
A downtown curb was discussed after Stahl reported a handicapped person was having trouble negotiating the curb. Dyer is going to look at the curb and find a solution to the problem.
They also approved the purchase of a new printer for the town at a cost of $249.
Town Marshal Don Richardson and Deputy Marshal Wayman J.R. Blazier of the Worthington Police Department attended and spoke to the council about the new e-ticketing system and their police radios.
"We received the new e-ticketing laptops and printers," said Richardson. "J.R. will be attending a 'train the trainer' meeting in Indianapolis," and then Blazier will be teaching other WPD officers how to use the system.
The e-ticketing system is to be installed in patrol vehicles and the officers displayed one complete system to the council.
Blazier explained the different ways of mounting the system in the vehicles and the council decided to buy the mounts that were slightly more expensive saying they looked a lot sturdier than lower-priced options.
At the last meeting, the council approved an expense of switching the police radios over to a different band that would be more in sync with the sheriff's department. However, Richardson reported they found out the radios were not compatible so he is researching the cost of obtaining used replacement radios to purchase.
In his regular report, Richardson said the department issued 182 ordinance citations, filed 16 case reports and worked three moving vehicle accidents in the last month.
Deputy Marshal Randy Raney is currently attending the Indiana Police Academy.