After serving seven years, former Batesville resident Juanita “DeeDee” Kaiser resigned from her Ripley County Council District 1 seat by letter in mid-November.
She moved to Bridgetown in Western Hills, a Cincinnati suburb, to be closer to her two daughters and three grandchildren, Kaiser explained by phone Dec. 10.
Being in that position for almost two terms “really opened my eyes to a lot of things that go on with the council, especially the budget. We were in charge of 28 government entities.”
The Republican discussed two council accomplishments during her tenure. Of constructing the Ripley County Annex adjacent to the Versailles courthouse that houses county offices, she said, “I know people complained about that, but the money was there. That’s paid for.”
Keeping the budget in the black is another triumph. “It was balanced right before I came on. We kept it balanced. Quite a few times we spent long days trying to shave that budget, yet be fair to people. I really have to admire (lone Democratic council member) Ed Armbrecht ... he just knows everything. He used to work with the state.”
After the mild weather of a year ago, “if we have a bad winter,” maintaining the budget while paying for road plowing labor and materials will be the challenge, she predicted.
A Republican caucus was held at the Sherman House Nov. 26 to fill Kaiser’s seat, reported John Moton, Batesville, the Ripley County Republican Party vice chair and Laughery 3-1 precinct committeeman.
After Kaiser’s resignation, county party leaders had two weeks to select her replacement.
How many applications were received? “That’s an excellent question,” he chuckled. “We really never know on those things. It’s up to the candidates themselves to submit the paperwork. We knew of a few who were interested. Ron (Decker) was the one who was the most interested and the one who went ahead and filled the paperwork out.”