News and Tribune

Recent Local News

January 6, 2013

McLaughlin a candidate as next New Albany council president

Ethics commission could meet this month for first time

NEW ALBANY — The New Albany City Council will elect officers for 2013 during its first meeting of the year Monday.

Chief among the selections will be the choice for council president — a role currently held by two-term Councilwoman Diane McCartin-Benedetti. A name that has been circulated as a potential choice for the new president is Councilman Pat McLaughlin, who is also serving his second term on the body. He said Friday he’d be honored if selected by his fellow council members for the position, but added he expects there to be other nominations.

“I just feel like at some point in time you have to step up and have your time in the seat,” McLaughlin said.

Though he conceded it may seem like one of the most elementary duties of the position, McLaughlin said that if chosen for the presidency, he would seek to run the meetings in an orderly and professional fashion.

He added he would try “to look at having a more unifying effect with the council and the administration, within reason.”

A message left for Benedetti on Friday seeking comment for the story hadn’t been returned as of press time.

On the current body, council members Dan Coffey, John Gonder and Benedetti have served as president. The current vice-president is Kevin Zurschmiede.

Jeff Gahan served as council president in 2011 before being elected as New Albany mayor.

The council president assigns members to committees and also approves the agenda before it’s presented at official meetings.

Beyond electing officers for 2013 and setting committees, the only resolution or ordinance on the agenda for Monday is the final reading for a pool regulations measure. The Floyd County Health Department requested the council grant the organization certain authorities as they pertain to the inspection and potential suspension of pool permits.

The ordinance also calls for all public facilities that have swimming pools to retain a certified pool operator. The council split 4-4 on first and second readings of the measure last month.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Recent Local News
2013 Photos of the year

Take a look at our most memorable photos from 2013.

Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Tributes Mark Boston Bombing Anniversary Raw: Kan. Shooting Suspect Faces Judge US Supports Ukraine's Efforts to Calm Tensions Suspect in Kansas Shootings Faces Murder Charges Ukraine: Military Recaptures Eastern Airport Raw: Storm Topples RVs Near Miss. Gulf Coast NASA Showcases Lunar Eclipse Pistorius Cries During Final Cross-Examination The Boston Marathon Bombing: One Year Later Michael Phelps Set to Come Out of Retirement First Women Move to Army Platoon Artillery Jobs Sex Offenders Charged in Serial Killings Police: Woman Stored Dead Babies in Garage OC Serial Murder Suspects May Have More Victims Family: 2 Shot in Head at Kan. Jewish Center Raw: Horse Jumping Inspires 'Bunny Hop' After Attack, Officials Kill 5 Bears in Florida Popular Science Honors Year's Top Inventions ND Oil Boom Attracting Drug Traffickers
2013 Photos of the year

Take a look at our most memorable photos from 2013.