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North resigns from Corydon council

North resigns from Corydon council North resigns from Corydon council
Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor, Editor, [email protected]

Eva Bates North resigned from her seat on the Corydon Town Council last week.

Until earlier this month, North had served as town council president, representing Ward 1, after she was elected to her first four-year term in 2015. That term began Jan. 1, 2016.

An Independent, she was the lone returning council member to the 2020 council. She ran unopposed for the Ward 1 seat.

Four Republicans were also elected to the five-member board: Paul Hamann, Ward 2, who defeated Independent Roger McGraw; Lester Rhoads, Ward 3, who defeated Independent Rachel Baelz; Tyson Uhl, Ward 4, who ran unopposed for Mark Parks’ seat; and Doug Castetter, Ward 5, who defeated Democrat Chris Mattingly. Rhoads was selected as new council president during a reorganization meeting Jan. 2.

“I am grateful to have served on the town council for four years, especially during the bicentennial celebrations and the Stellar Designation,” North said. “It was an inspiration to collaborate with so many enthusiastic people who want Corydon to be the best it can be.”

The Town of Corydon was selected as a Stellar Community for towns with populations of 5,999 or less in August 2016 after a lengthy application process. With the designation came thousands of state dollars to be used for a variety of projects, including improvements to vacant buildings, enhancements to the downtown area to improve connectivity and walkability, facade rehabilitation projects, expansion of the Indian Creek Trail and housing rehabilitation.

“I have made many connections with fellow citizens,” North said. “The greatest gift was to serve with the employees of the town. They are dedicated, helpful and very competent. We can be comfortable that our town is well maintained by them.

“I wish the new council well as they consider decisions that will affect the future of the town’s infrastructure and financial stability,” she said.

North believes filling her seat falls at the discretion of Rhoads, which is how the Ward 3 seat was filled during North’s term when John D. Kintner resigned after he and his wife moved outside of the town limits, making him ineligible to serve on the council.

The Corydon Town Council’s next meeting will be Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the town hall.