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Boards, commissions taking shape for ‘21

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Local boards and commissions are taking shape for the new year.

Policy makers filled vacancies and reappointed members to the constellation of groups overseeing everything from innkeepers taxes to the public defender’s office.

The appointments include the creation of a seven-member board to oversee the newly-formed Montgomery County Solid Waste District.

The board includes county commissioners John Frey, Jim Fulwider and Dan Guard and county councilmen Jake Bohlander and Don Mills. Waynetown Town Councilman Bob Cox will represent the towns.

Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton and a city council member will also sit on the board, which must appoint a separate five-member advisory committee.

Members of boards and commissions include county commissioners and county council members who serve by virtue of their office.

Newly-sworn in councilman Bohlander was appointed to the Convention and Visitors Commission, which oversees innkeepers tax, the Economic Development Authority and the Regional Sewer Board, which manages tax increment financing with the Nucor Road corridor sewer.

Former county councilman Greg Morrison will also sit on the sewer board.

South Montgomery Community School Corp. has a new representative on the county redevelopment commission, with Julie Hess replacing Jerry Kincaid on the board that focuses on economic development around the State Road 32/Interstate 74 interchange and other target areas.

County councilman David Hunt, a former coroner, has joined the governing board of the Central Communications Center and the advisory board for the Emergency Management Agency.

County administrator Tom Klein was also named to the communications center operations board.

Conrad Harvey was appointed to the Public Defender Board, which recommends the office’s budget and prepares annual caseload reports to the county administrator, county council and judges.

In Crawfordsville, Barton said there were several open seats he did not have names for. Those interested in serving on city boards and commissions should contact the mayor’s office for more information.

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