Residents can apply for township board opening

Franklin Township residents interested in serving on a government board can apply to fill an opening.

Township board member David Bayless has resigned because he is moving out of the township, and Republican precinct committee members will meet in a caucus to pick his replacement.

The three-member township board approves the annual budget and spending for the trustee’s office, which provides temporary housing for residents in need and pays for fire protection for parts of the township outside of city limits.

Candidates need to be Republican residents who live in Franklin Township. Interested residents should send a letter to Johnson County Republican Party Chairperson Beth Boyce, 845 Richart Lane, Greenwood, 46142.

The letter needs to be received by 7 p.m. Friday.

Seventeen precinct committee members in Franklin Township will vote on the new township board member, which is a paid position. Those precinct committee members, plus others who represent parts of the city, will meet Feb. 27 to select a new member of the Franklin City Council as well.

A spot on the city council opened when Steve Barnett was selected as mayor after former Mayor Joe McGuinness resigned to become commissioner of the Indiana Department of Transportation.

Candidates for city council are Brian Alsip, Bob Heuchan and Jim Higdon. More candidates could apply for the job by the Friday deadline.

No residents have expressed interest in the township board seat yet, Boyce said.

The caucus for both posts will take place at Franklin City Hall, 70 E. Monroe St.