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Greenwood considers adding airport workers

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Greenwood is considering at adding employees by putting independent contractors at the airport on the city payroll.

The Greenwood City Council took no action Monday on a request for the city to hire three full-time employees and one part-time employee who work at the Greenwood Municipal Airport. Council members raised multiple questions, such as how much more the city would have to pay for health insurance and other benefits for the new employees and why the city hadn’t asked other contractors to make bids to ensure it was getting the best deal.

Controller Adam Stone said the proposal would cost Greenwood about $70,000 more next year, which would be paid for with hangar rental and other airport fees. But the city would save money long term because it would end its current agreement to split fuel sale profits with airport manager Ralph Hill and his company, Lighthouse Aviation, he said.

Revenue from fuel sales and hangar rental fees is up 35 percent this year, and the city could lose out on income by sharing the profits, Stone said. By ending that arrangement, Greenwood could reinvest that money into new airplane hangars and other projects, Stone said.

Under the proposal, Hill would make $60,000 a year and his employees would make $25,000 to $32,500 a year, not including benefits.

The city council will consider the proposal again at its next meeting in January.

Greenwood creates, fills deputy mayor position

Greenwood has a new deputy mayor who will handle more of the city’s day-to-day operations.

Former Johnson County Sheriff Terry McLaughlin had worked as Greenwood’s director of operations but now becomes deputy mayor.

City department directors will report to McLaughlin instead of Mayor Mark Myers. Myers said he needed to free up more of his time to recruit new businesses, meet with community business leaders and pursue larger projects such as the widening of Worthsville Road into a major east-west route.

The Greenwood City Council voted 7-2 on Monday to create the deputy mayor position, which has the same salary as the director of operations and will result in no increase in spending.

Council members Bruce Armstrong and Brent Corey voted against the proposal. Armstrong said he was concerned that someone who doesn’t live in Greenwood would temporarily be acting mayor if Myers no longer could serve for any reason. Corey said he thought the city didn’t need a deputy mayor or a director of operations because the mayor should do that job.

Humane Society seeks

volunteers, donors

The Humane Society of Johnson County is looking for community volunteers and donors.

Ways to help include volunteering, fostering animals, becoming a member of the humane society, providing supplies for the humane society’s wish list or making a donation.

The humane society is seeking donations of hard-sided animal carriers for cats and dogs, which might be new or used in good condition. These carriers are needed to transport animals for vet care or adoption events.

Donations are being sought for the Dudley Fund, which provides money for surgeries for homeless animals, such as for:

  • Channing, a Persian cat that came to the Humane Society after being found wandering, badly matted and in poor health due to malnutrition. The vet says he will make a full recovery; however, he needs dental surgery to aid in that recovery.
  • Cindy, a small dog with two bad knees who is now in the humane society’s care. Surgery on her knees will make her pain-free and ready to lead a happy life in a permanent, loving home.

The surgeries are expensive, and help is needed to aid Channing, Cindy and other animals. All donations to The Dudley Fund will help the humane society continue to assist these animals.

Donations can be sent to the Humane Society of Johnson County, 3827 N. Graham Road, Franklin, IN 46131. Donations can also be made on line at www.HSJC.org.

For additional information, call the humane society at 535-6626.

Recycle old electronics next month in Franklin

Residents can recycle old electronic equipment on an upcoming Saturday in January.

The Johnson County Recycling District will conduct the collection from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 26 at its office, 900 Arvin Road, Suite A, Franklin.

Electronics also can be dropped off during regular hours from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the facility.

People wanting to drop off items are asked to call ahead to make sure someone is there to accept the items.

Officials ask that no one leave electronics outside the office when it’s closed.

The office will be closed Monday, Tuesday, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

The following fees apply to televisions: $7.50 for televisions that are 27 inches or smaller; $12.50 for televisions over 27 inches. The fees can be paid with only cash or check. All other electronics are accepted for free.

Information: 738-2546, recyclejohnsoncounty.com

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