Spiceland’s newest town council member will bring a youthful perspective.

Recently, it was announced Taylor Smith will be appointed to fill the remainder of Marita Roberson’s term on the council.

Smith was recommended by Richard P. Ratcliff, the precinct committeeman for this Spiceland district.

“He’s 25 years old, recently married with a six-month-old child,” Ratcliff said of Smith. “I suggested to him we needed some young blood on the council. When he was a teenager, he was talk of the town. He was the only youngster who would do anything.”

Ratcliff said he would notify Henry County Republican Party Chair Todd Hiday, who would then officially appoint Smith to fill the remainder of the term.

Roberson recently resigned after serving on the council for more than a decade. She and her husband are moving to Colorado.

In a related matter, Ratcliff also told the board that, in his opinion, it was time to do away with town “wards” and make each council representative an at-large member.

“It’s absolutely ridiculous to have wards,” Ratcliff said. “Most do not have wards. When you have this real small area of town to fill a board seat, it’s just almost impossible to find somebody to serve.”