Parks board appointment rescinded
The Harrison County Council Monday night rescinded its previous Harrison County Parks board appointment of Robert (Bob) Morris and approved Lorie Clark for the same position.
Councilwoman Holli Castetter said she thought since two candidates wanted the appointment, they should have had more time for discussion.
‘I want to revisit it,’ she said.
She said her concern was, with other board appointments, they respected the wishes of the chairman or president of the board but not in this case.
Larry Shickles, parks board president, sent a letter recommending Lorie Clark for the appointment.
Shickles, Monday night, said Clark has a degree in biology and is a research biologist with the University of Louisville. She also worked for the parks department through high school and college as a lifeguard.
‘She brought a lot of expertise none of us have,’ Shickles said.
When asked if Clark’s degree and background will provide savings for the board when it comes to environmental studies, Shickles said she would provide ‘substantial savings.’
Councilman Kyle Nix said the motion and/or the second was not rescinded at the end of the previous meeting on Jan. 9.
Councilman Donnie Hussung said in light of the new information, he’d be willing to withdraw his second of the motion to approve Morris.
Nix said the reason he made the motion to appoint Morris was because at least three parks board members expressed concern that ‘they didn’t feel they had a voice’ regarding the board appointment.
Morris has served at the county level as a councilman, fulfilling the term of the late William T. (Bill) Nichols for about half a year in 2010 (July through December). He also serves on the Jackson Township Advisory Board.
Nix said he also just recently became aware the previous board member, Carol Yoder, had, in fact, wanted to stay on the board.
Council Chair Gary Davis said he got the impression she was ‘noncommittal’ about continuing to serve on the board.
‘I feel we should honor the request of the chairman,’ Castetter said of Shickles’ preference of Clark.
With that, she made the motion to rescind the appointment of Morris.
It passed 4-2, with Castetter, Hussung, Davis and Councilwoman Jennie Capelle voting for. Councilman Gary Byrne abstained from voting because he is a second cousin of Morris.
Nix then made a motion to request Morris, Clark and Yoder come to the next meeting before a decision is made regarding the appointment. Hussung seconded the motion, but it failed with only three votes (Councilman Sam Day joined in favor).
Castetter then made the motion to appoint Clark and it passed 4-2 (Nix and Day against).
In other matters, the council unanimously approved Davis, Castetter and Hussung as the financial planning committee.
‘Traditionally, you had a Democrat sit on there,’ Nix, the lone Democrat on the council, said.
‘I’m running out of Democrats,’ Davis responded.
Davis’ reasoning for the trio was, he said he wanted to include both the chair and vice chair and thought he’d pick Hussung since he has a background in banking.
The council’s next meeting will be Monday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. at the Government Center in south Corydon.