Hendy to join Dry Ridge council

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By Bryan Marshall

The Dry Ridge City Council finally is back to full capacity.

Gov. Steve Beshear has appointed 47-year-old Jim Hendy as the sixth member of the council.

Hendy is filling the unexpired term of Jamie Webster, who turned in his resignation letter effective Oct. 1, 2011, for business and personal reasons.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Hendy said. “I’ve been going to the meetings and just sitting in. I’m glad to have the opportunity to serve on council. I just pray that God gives me the guidance to make the decisions that are best for Dry Ridge.”

This is Hendy’s first time holding a political office.

He was one of five applicants for the position, including Carissa Hughett, James Wells, Ronald Maddox and Ryan Spalding.

Hendy, who has lived in Dry Ridge for more than 25 years, was approached by council member Fred Money in church about his interest in applying for the position.

Since he longer works nights and can attend meetings, Hendy said he decided to apply in order to help in anyway he can.

“At first, it’s going to be a learning experience because I’ve never been on council before,” he said. “One project I’d like to see is the sidewalk that ends at the Warsaw Place Apartments. I’d like to see it extended out to the high school. As I drive out through there, I see kids walking to school and they’re walking right there on Warsaw Road. I think it’s a safety concern.”

Hendy plans to run for a full term in November when each of the city council seats are up for election.

Mayor Clay Crupper said it will be good to have all of the council seats filled again.

“I think he’ll do a good job for us,” he said. “It was a good selection. He’s been in the city for a long time and is very knowledgeable.”