WILMINGTON — Two new people were appointed Wednesday to the Clinton County Port Authority (CCPA) board, and will begin four-year terms in October.
The CCPA became owner of the Wilmington Air Park in 2010, and is governed by an all-volunteer board appointed by Clinton County commissioners.
Newly named to the board are Reneé LaPine of Wilmington and Beth A. Ellis of Sabina. They will succeed David Hockaday and Bill Marine, whose terms expire in October.
“The commissioners are very pleased that both are willing to serve. We feel they bring a strong background in business and aviation for the port authority, and we look forward to working with them in the future,” Clinton County Commissioners President Patrick Haley said.
For the application process, LaPine and Ellis filled out questionnaires.
In her questionnaire, LaPine stated qualifications she brings to the board include financial analysis, business development and executive leadership. She is chief executive officer (CEO) of EMSAR located on Davids Drive, Wilmington. Her career experience includes being a vice president of finance and being a controller.
LaPine has served on boards for the Wilmington-Clinton County Chamber of Commerce and Wilmington College.
Ellis is owner and CEO of Cherrybend Pheasant Farm in Clinton County, and is a private pilot. There is a 3,300-foot grass runway on the farm which can be used by the public — Hollister Field.
Her boards experience includes serving as president of the Clinton County Farm Bureau and as secretary of the Clinton County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Haley said of the appointments, “This is an important board for economic development and for the air park, and we were pleased they stepped forward and are willing to serve.”
In other business conducted at the commissioners Wednesday session:
• Stating that “Clinton County certainly has a need for affordable single family homes,” commissioners provided a support letter to Community Action Commission of Fayette County Housing Director Steve Creed. Creed wants to extend a home ownership program to low-income residents of Clinton County.
The letter states, “We know that Community Action Commission of Fayette County has had tremendous success with this program in the past, and serves as a great example for other rural communities throughout the country as a way to help bridge the gap in affordable housing.”
As reported in the Tuesday edition of the News Journal, the Fayette County agency utilizes loans financed through U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development. For more information about the program, visit www.cacfayettecounty.org and click on Homeownership.
• Commissioners approved a starting pay range for the Clinton County Job & Family Services’ Child Protection Unit, effective January 2016. The pay range will help attract qualified individuals to be caseworkers and to retain current employees, Clinton County Job & Family Services Director Kathi Spirk said previously.
The minimum starting pay rates will be $12.64 an hour for a clerical worker; $13.54 an hour for a case aide; and $15.18 per hour for a child welfare caseworker and coordinator.
Reach Gary Huffenberger at 937-556-5768 or on Twitter @GHuffenberger.
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