Sicard, Farina face off in race for Ferdinand councilOctober 7, 2019
By LEANN BURKE
FERDINAND — When Ferdinand Town Council President Ken Sicard was at Christ the King Parish’s picnic in August, a lady came up to him to ask if he thought Ferdinand would be a viable community in 100 years. Sicard told her that he thought so since the town is doing a lot to move forward.
Although Sicard has already served 20 years on the council, he still wants to be part of leading the town. This November, he’ll appear on the ballots of Ferdinand residents as the Democrat running for the District 1 council seat. Don Farina, Sr. is running for the seat on the Republican ticket.
For Sicard, another term on the council means being able to see through several projects he’s been part of starting: upgrades to an electric substation and other parts of the town’s electric infrastructure; road upgrades through the Indiana Department of Transportation’s Community Crossings grant program; and the Old Town Lake trail project, just to name a few.
“[Voters] are getting with me experienced leadership,” Sicard said.
Farina on the other hand, is offering a chance for a fresh perspective. He’s concerned about all the projects going on around town and the effect they’re having on the elderly population, especially those on a fixed income.
“They can’t afford the utility rate increases as they’re being done,” Farina said.
The town raised wastewater rates in 2016 as a result of a state-mandated phosphorus removal project, and water rates increased earlier this year. An electric rate increase is also in the works. Those rate increases are, in part, due to upgrade projects throughout the town.
Sicard said his previous terms have been busy with such projects, and he looks for that to continue. Although, he said, he’s hoping not to have any more state-mandated projects, such as the phosphorous removal project. While the state required the $2.2 million project, cities and towns were not given help to fund them.
“We can’t afford too many of those [projects],” Sicard said.
Both candidates want to continue to install sidewalks that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and to ensure that the town’s police and fire departments have the equipment they need to be successful. Both would also like to see new businesses and residents come to the town.
If elected, Farina said he plans to spend a lot of time in the town office getting to know the employees and the citizens who come in, and a priority for him will be attracting more citizens to the council’s meetings to exercise their right to voice their opinions.
“I want to devote my time to the town,” Farina said.
Farina recently retired from a career in construction. Prior to moving to Ferdinand in 1991, he served as a police officer in Jasper and Johnson counties in northern Indiana. He is engaged to Debbie Borden of Ferdinand and has six adult children — Don Farina, Jr. of Tell City, Steven Farina of St. Meinrad, Tony Farina of Evansville, Megan Lathery of Santa Claus, Corissa Sherman of St. Meinrad and Danielle Farina of Kentucky. Debbie Borden also has a daughter, Hannah Borden, who Farina counts among his children. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus Lodge 5599 in St. Meinrad and the American Legion Post 0366 in St. Meinrad.
Sicard works part-time for Kimball Electronics and lives in Ferdinand with his wife, Monica. The couple has four adult children — Greg Sicard of Ferdinand, Christy Nalley of Huntingburg, Brent Sicard of Ferdinand and Megan Sicard of Evansville — and six grandchildren.
Ken is a member of Christ the King Parish where he is a catechist and serves as the Ferdinand representative for Dubois Strong. He is also on the board for Accelerate Indiana Municipalities, a statewide initiative, and is on the local solid waste board.
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