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By Bryan Marshall

The Dry Ridge City Council welcomed one member and said goodbye to another during its Sept. 12 meeting.

John Renaker, who drives trucks for Titan Express and Sunflower, took part in his first meeting since being appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear.

The 70-year-old Grant County native fills the vacancy left when Encil Webster resigned in April.

“I just hope I can do the best and satisfy everybody,” Renaker said. “I know you can’t do that all the time, but I’m going to try to do the best for the city.”

Renaker was born and raised in Grant County before moving out of the state.

He returned for good in 1976 and moved to Dry Ridge in 2005.

Renaker said he wanted to join the council after being frustrated by the way some things have been run in the past.

“I was taught that when you give somebody your word, you stuck with it, whether you win, lose or draw,” he said. “I’ve seen some things come across the council’s desk that they would have a reading on and pass it as a law and then not follow up on it. I’m tired of that. I know I’ll never change it. But, I hope to put a dent in it.”

Although the void on the council was filled, another one opened up as Jamie Webster turned in his resignation letter effective Oct. 1 for business and personal reasons.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to represent the citizens of the city of Dry Ridge,” Webster wrote.
“My purpose has always been doing what I thought was right for the community of Dry Ridge. I want to thank the citizens for allowing me to serve them.”

Mayor Clay Crupper said the vacancy will be advertised in The Grant County News in October.

If there are no applicants, the council will ask the governor to appoint a resident to the position.

“We’ll miss him,” Crupper said about Webster. “Jamie was level-headed. He thought things through. He was very conscientious about things. He did a good job for us.”

As for Renaker, the mayor said he will make a good addition to the council.

“I think he’ll be an asset to the council,” Crupper said. “He’s had a lot of experience through the years.”