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Greenwood gives initial OK to deputy mayor plan




Daily Journal staff reports

A new Greenwood deputy mayor position got preliminary approval, but some members of the city council are concerned about where the employee would live.

Mayor Mark Myers wants to change the position of director of operations Terry McLaughlin into a deputy mayor. His goal is to have McLaughlin oversee the city’s day-to-day operations as deputy mayor. And Myers could spend more of his time on bigger projects, such as recruiting businesses.

Myers said the new position would require McLaughlin to do more work, including overseeing all department directors, but he would not get additional pay. Greenwood would not hire a new director of operations.

Members of the city council voted 7-2 to give preliminary approval to create the deputy mayor position.

Council members Bruce Armstrong and Brent Corey voted against the proposal. Armstrong expressed concern about the fact that McLaughlin does not live within Greenwood city limits. He said residency mattered because McLaughlin would temporarily fill in if Myers could no longer serve as mayor until a caucus could appoint a permanent replacement.

Council OKs Greenwood trash fee increase

Trash collection bills in Greenwood will go up next year, and up again in 2014.

The Greenwood City Council unanimously approved a $1.25 per month trash collection fee increase in February and another $1.25 per month hike in 2014.

Bills will increase to $12.22 per month in February.

Fee increases will help pay for the city’s leaf and limb program, controller Adam Stone said.

Greenwood decided to pay for that service with trash collection fees. The monthly fees, for instance, would pay for the salaries of 10 part-time employees who are hired to work about six weeks every fall to pick up leaves from curbs.

Area children perform

in ‘The Nutcracker’

Local youngsters showed off their ballet skills in an iconic holiday show.

Johnson County residents danced in Butler University’s annual production of “The Nutcracker.”

Local dancers included:

Bargersville: Annalee Baltimore, 10.

Franklin: Billy Creviston, 8; Alexis Franklin, 10; Brooklyn Franklin, 7.

Greenwood: Abigail Alfrey, 10; Peyton Barnes, 8; Isabel Burks, 11; Kelsey Burks, 15; Sarah Chan, 11; Olivia Gooch, 10; Savanna Grady, 13; Dalena Matthews, 8; Isley Wood, 9; Ivy Wood, 13.

Whiteland: Mariah Carr, 11.

Southside: Taylor Griffin, 12.

Firefighters to work as waiters for charities

Greenwood and Indianapolis firefighters will work as waiters Friday at Johnny Rockets restaurants to raise money for two local charities.

The Indianapolis Fire Department and Greenwood Fire Department firefighters will be servers to raise money for Fill the Bell, Clothe-A-Child and the United Way’s annual toy drive.

The firefighters will be on table duty from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Circle Center mall and Greenwood restaurants.

Greenwood firefighters will be at the Greenwood Park Mall restaurant, 1251 N. U.S. 31, to support the United Way toy drive.

Johnny Rockets will donate 20 percent of sales during the four-hour period to the charities.

For more information, call 881-6240.

IU group to perform

in Center Grove show

The Indiana University a cappella group Another Round will join the Center Grove choral department for its 2012 holiday show Dec. 14.

The show will start at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Center Grove High School, 2717 S. Morgantown Road. The Center Grove choirs also will perform at 2 p.m. Dec. 15.

The show will include all Center Grove concert, symphonic and show choirs, the CG Singers, Sound System and Debtones. They will sing modern holiday tunes as well as traditional seasonal favorites.

Tickets for the Dec. 14 show, including Another Round, are $15 per person in advance and $17 at the door. Admission to the Dec. 15 show is $5 per person or $4 for students and seniors.

Tickets may be purchased online at centergrovechoirs.org or in the main office at the high school from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. All tickets are general admission.

Dinner, program planned for military families

A Greenwood church is conducting a free dinner and Christmas program for active military members, veterans and their families Dec. 9.

The program starts at 5 p.m. at Christ Our Shepherd Church of the Brethren, 857 N. State Road 135, and will include a chili cook-off with Santa and presents for kids.

Visitors can taste and vote for their favorite chili. Varieties include Amish chili, firehouse chili, venison chili, white chili and turkey chili.

Donations of canned goods will be accepted for local food pantries.

Information: 882-7212

Store seeks donations for animal shelter

Tractor Supply in Franklin will conduct a donation drive throughout December for the Johnson County Animal Shelter.

Donation bins will be set up inside the store, 540 N. Morton St.

Information: 736-3924

Electronics recycling events Dec. 15, Jan. 26

Residents can recycle old electronic equipment on two upcoming Saturdays in Franklin.

The Johnson County Recycling District will conduct the collections from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 15 and Jan. 26 at their office, 900 Arvin Road, Suite A.

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 is closed.

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

Information: 738-2546,

recyclejohnsoncounty.com

African drum group

to perform at school

An African drum storytelling group will visit Center Grove Middle School Central on Dec. 13.

The ensemble will perform at 1 p.m.

The Griot Drum Ensemble will perform as part of the study of African geography and culture in seventh grade. The group will present storytelling styles and musical instruments of western Africa.

The performances are interactive, and students will have the opportunity to try instruments, rhythms and dances.

A grant from the Center Grove Education Foundation helped bring the group to the school.

Information: centergrovefoundation.org, storytellersdrum.com

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