Carter appointed to redevelopment commission

Trena Carter of the Administrative Resources association (ARa) will be joining the Columbus Redevelopment Commission.

The Columbus Board of Works approved a conflict of interest form for Carter at a recent meeting. City Clerk-Treasurer Luann Welmer said the form was submitted as a “procedural matter.”

ARa is a nonprofit governmental organization that has worked with the city on multiple occasions.

According to Redevelopment Director Heather Pope, Carter fills the vacant seat formerly held by the late Sarah Cannon.

Cannon died on June 2, while serving as commission president at the time. She had retired as vice president of First Financial Bank and financial adviser for Raymond James Financial Services in September of 2020 after finding out she had non-small cell lung cancer.

Following Cannon’s death, commission member Al Roszczyk was elected to serve as the body’s president.

City Director of Administration and Community Development Mary Ferdon said that Carter has been appointed by Mayor Jim Lienhoop to serve for one year, starting Jan. 1.

Other members of the commission could soon see reappointment or replacement. According to the city’s website, the one-year terms of Roszczyk, Kyle Hendricks, Don Trapp and Lisa Shafran all expire on Dec. 31. Roszczyk and Trapp were appointed by Columbus City Council; Hendricks and Shafran were appointed by the mayor.

Nicole Wheeldon serves as a liaison to the commission from the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp.; however, her term does not end for another year.