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2 candidates interview for town council

By DARRELL SMITH - dsmith@newsexaminer.com

CAMBRIDGE CITY — Two residents interested in an appointment to the Cambridge City Town Council sat for job interviews Monday.

One will replace Mark McCarty, who resigned because he is moving to Florida.

The Council interviewed Brenda McLane and Dan Worl. Both are from Cambridge City but moved away and have returned.

McLane, publisher of the Western Wayne area’s two newspapers, worked for Ivy Tech in workforce and economic development. She later began a consulting business. In 2017, she and husband Jim purchased the Western Wayne News and Nettle Creek Gazette. She serves on the Indiana University East Advisory Board.

Worl, business service manager for the city of Greenfield, has degrees in mechanical engineering, organizational leadership and sustainable energy. He has worked in site selection for large companies. He worked for Indiana Municipal Power Agency, where he helped local communities on efficiency. 

He listed drug, economic development and utilities as the three biggest issues facing the town.

McLane listed the sewer and utilities, housing and declining population as the biggest issues.

Neither would commit to being in favor of the Western Wayne Regional Sewer District building a new treatment plant or sending wastewater to Connersville for treatment.

McLane stated she would be in favor of annexation to grow the tax base and population, although she would listen to both sides.

Worl said annexation interests him because his family owns land north of town where annexation would likely go.

McCarty had three years remaining on his term.

The council plans to make a decision during a 6:30 p.m. Thursday public meeting, after discussing the candidates during an executive session.

Milton fire protection

Hugh Payne and Agnes Fisher of the Milton Town Council asked a price for providing fire service for their town from the Cambridge City Fire Department, similar to service provided to Pershing and Mt. Auburn.

The Washington-Milton VFD is a separate entity and has contracts with the town and township, Payne said.

“We’ve been trying to negotiate a contract with them (Milton-Washington Township Volunteer Fire Department) and have been very unsuccessful,” he explained. “We gave them a contract two months ago and they were supposed to have it approved. They were supposed to take it to an attorney. It’s time to move on.”

The contract with the fire department expired about four years ago, he said. The fire department has verbally extended the contract.

“I’ve been on the board (town council) for 10 years and we’ve tried to negotiate before and been unsuccessful. It wasn’t our idea to have to do this but as a last alternative, you just have to do it,” Payne said. “It’s what best for the community.”

Fischer said the town does want the fire department back again and this is a plan to regroup and reorganize.

The Cambridge City Town Council decided to discuss it further at Thursday’s special meeting.

Comprehensive plan

The city is applying for $40,000 from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs to rewrite and update the town’s comprehensive master plan. A grant administrator has been hired. The town will match the grant, if received, with $4,500 in local money.