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.

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