City appoints new redevelopment commissioner

The Columbus Redevelop-ment Commission has a new member after John Dorenbusch chose not to be reappointed.

Dorenbusch, who had served on the commission since 2016 as vice president, has been replaced by Kyle Hendricks, marketing and communications coordinator with the United Way of Bartholomew County, city redevelopment director Heather Pope said.

Dorenbusch said he felt it was time to step away and let someone else serve.

“I really enjoyed my time on the redevelopment commission,” Dorenbusch said. “At some point, you have to slow down a little bit and take the foot off the gas.”

Pope commended Dorenbusch for his work on the commission. “I think John is community-minded and has a great collaborative spirit,” she said.

Hendricks was among the three appointments made by Mayor Jim Lienhoop to the commission for this year — the other two being Sarah Cannon and Kenny Whipker.

Fellow commission members Al Roszczyk and Don Trapp were reappointed for one-year terms by the Columbus City Council earlier this month.

Bartholomew Consolidated School Board member Jeff Caldwell is representing the school board on the redevelopment commission and will serve a two-year term. Caldwell replaces school board member Bob Abrams, who chose not to seek another term after expressing a desire to spend more time with family.