Greenwood to study busy intersection

Daily Journal staff reports

Major changes are planned at one of Greenwood’s busiest intersections, and when they happen, city officials said they want to make sure they get it right.

The city of Greenwood is paying $10,000 for a traffic study at the intersection of State Road 135 and Smith Valley Road. United Consultants will review the safety of the intersection and accidents, among other issues, such as congestion and the amount of cars that pass through the intersection daily.

The traffic study also will be used to boost the city’s application for federal funding for improvements at the intersection, which could cost up to $4 million, to alleviate traffic back-ups during rush hour and congestion on the weekends.

The current plan is to construct two roundabouts on Smith Valley Road, east and west of State Road 135. The project would eliminate left turns from Smith Valley Road and improve traffic flow. In June, the city had already received a $1.8 million federal grant for the future project.

A Needham Township resident was sent more than $5,600 in checks to be wired to a company in California, in what police are calling a scam.

The man was searching for jobs online and got an email from one of those companies, offering him a job that he could do from home.

He was told that he would have to purchase equipment from a supplier, and the company would send him money to cover the cost of the equipment, according to the report from the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office.

The man received two checks for $2,810 each. He was told to keep $100 for himself and to send the remaining money to a bank in California, the report said.

The wire transfer initially went through, but a few days later, the man checked his bank account and saw that one of the checks had been returned and was a bad check, the report said.

Effort for Founders Fountain underway

Bargersville residents, organizations and businesses are invited to support an effort to honor town founders and military veterans.

Organizers are selling engraved brick pavers to help pay for its Founders Fountain, a downtown water feature that is planned for construction in 2016. The pavers will be installed around the fountain.

People have various options for the bricks. A 4-inch-by-8-inch brick costs $50, and includes two lines of characters. An 8-inch-by-8-inch brick costs $125, and includes four lines of characters.

A small 3-inch-by-3-inch souvenir brick, which will not be included in the walkway, can be bought for $25.

Organizers are hoping to raise $30,000 for the construction of and maintenance of the fountain. So far, they are about 30 percent of the way to their goal.

To order a paver, contact Lynne Hess at 422-3126 or

To make a financial donation, contact Jeff Beck at, or mail a donation to the Johnson County Community Foundation, P.O. Box 217, Franklin, IN 46131; include “Town of Bargersville Founders Fountain” on the memo line.