Next Community Conversation to feature county councilmen April 25

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Phil Gick

April is here and along with some hoped-for sunshine April also brings tax time. Who decides how much we pay in taxes?

Here in Putnam County the Putnam County Council plays a role in that decision. It is their job to approve annual operating budgets of all county government offices and agencies along with establishing salaries and wages for all county officials and employees. They also have the ability to raise money by adding additional taxes.

Two members of the Putnam County Council, Darrel Thomas and Phil Gick, will be featured at the sixth Community Conversation on Wednesday, April 25, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Greencastle City Hall.

Thomas has served the residents of District 3 for 16 years. He has decided not to run for reelection and this will be his last year on the council. Thomas retired from the Purdue Extension Service after 32 years working in Fountain and Putnam counties.

Darrel Thomas

During his career, Thomas was primarily responsible for the 4-H program. He was recently recognized by the National Association of Extension 4-H Educators as their "Life Member of the Year."

Gick was elected as an at-large member of the Putnam County Council in 2010. He is a retired U.S. Army Transportation colonel with 30 years of service leading and directing the actions of organizations and staffs ranging in size from a few to more than 3,000 people. He has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.

Gick has also been an active member of Indiana Landmarks which is the largest private statewide preservation group in the United States.

The Community Conversation series is sponsored by the Greencastle League of Women Voters, the Putnam County Public Library and the Greater Greencastle Chamber of Commerce.

The goal of the new, continuing program is to give the community an opportunity to hear from and speak to their elected and appointed government officials.

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