Porter County's RDA appointment stalled

2013-05-29T18:45:00Z 2013-05-30T10:57:03Z Porter County's RDA appointment stalledBob Kasarda bob.kasarda@nwi.com, (219) 548-4345 nwitimes.com

VALPARAISO | It looks like there may be trouble again over the county's appointment to the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority.

An effort by a couple members of the Porter County Council to reappoint Jeffrey Good to the RDA failed Tuesday night with other members saying they want to see the county commissioners make the first move.

But there is no requirement for either the council or commissioners to act first, only that both groups agree on an appointment, said RDA Executive Director Bill Hanna.

It was the council that first acted in December 2010 to support Good for the appointment amid the county's failed legal battle to withdraw as a member of the RDA.

The commissioners then followed suit a week later in confirming the appointment of Good, but over the objections of Commissioner John Evans, R-North. Evans  cast the lone vote of dissent and criticized the appointment process for being carried out without the council or the commissioners seeking applications from others.

Evans is the only commissioner from that period still in office, yet he is now joined by Laura Blaney, who supported Good's appointment while serving as a member of the County Council.

Councilwoman Sylvia Graham, D-at large, who opposed Good's appointment Tuesday, said the only concern she has with Good is he has not kept her updated on the RDA.

"We just need somebody who is willing to stay in touch with us," she said, insisting she has no desire to replace Good.

Council President Bob Poparad, D-at large, said he would like to receive monthly updates from Good.

Councilman Jim Polarek, R-4th, who along with member Jim Biggs, R-1st, attempted to reappoint Good Tuesday, said he has heard regularly from Good.

"I think he's doing a good job," Polarek said.

Hanna said Good has been an active member both at board meetings and during work groups.

"He's done a good job," Hanna said. "He's added a lot."

While Good's appointment officially ended Aug. 31, he continues to serve until a decision is made by county officials, Hanna said. Whoever is appointed to the new term will serve through Aug. 31, 2016.

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