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Greenwood officially hires airport staff




Daily Journal staff reports

Greenwood gave initial approval to begin paying the salaries of four airport workers.

The city council voted 8-1 to begin paying more than $150,000 for the salaries of one part-time and three full-time workers at Greenwood Municipal Airport. Council member Bruce Armstrong voted against adding the employees because he was concerned about the city spending more.

The change would end the city’s contract with Lighthouse Flight Support, which currently operates the airport. Under the contract, the company receives $133,500 plus a percentage of money collected in fuel sales and other operations. The city now will keep all airport revenues.

Total fuel sales increased 42 percent last year, compared with 2011. Jet fuel sales increased 63 percent because more pilots are becoming aware of the Greenwood airport, airport manager Ralph Hill said.

The city will spend $151,772 for salaries, plus benefits, such as health insurance, of $70,121. The city also will need to purchase equipment owned by Lighthouse, adding an additional one-time expense of $61,560, according to the agreement. The airport manager will receive a $60,000 salary, with the assistant manager earning $32,500 and aviation technician receiving $25,000. A custodian/general labor position will be paid $13 per hour.

Armstrong voted against the change because the city would be spending more, and he was worried the airport’s sales and revenues could decrease in the future.

“We were in a position where the risk and the rewards were all on Lighthouse’s plate, and now we’re moving it to ours. I was comfortable with them having the additional money if it worked good, knowing we were limited in our losses,” Armstrong said.

New member joining police merit board

A new member will join a Franklin board responsible for hiring and firing officers in the Franklin Police Department.

John Shafer, director of the counseling center at Franklin College, has been appointed to the Franklin Police Merit Commission by the city council.

Shafer is already a member of the Franklin Park Board and wanted to serve on the police merit commission, too, council member Steve Barnett said. The Franklin City Council unanimously approved Shafer’s appointment to the board Monday.

Shafer will serve for four years on the five-member board, which meets once a month.

He will replace board member Joan Pfifer, who did not seek reappointment, Barnett said.

Greenwood votes to pocket more of fines

Greenwood wants to keep more of the money drivers pay for

traffic tickets, instead of letting it go into state coffers.

The Greenwood City Council approved 8-1 on Monday to write traffic tickets as violations of local ordinances instead of state laws, with the hope of keeping a greater share of the money collected. Council member Bruce Armstrong voted against the proposal. He said he didn’t believe in taking revenue away from another government agency.

Greenwood expects to get at least $100,000 more a year that could be spent on police protection or other operating expenses.

Sheriff Doug Cox said his office plans to bring a similar proposal to the Johnson County Council this year, with the goal of bringing in more money for the county.

Dump your Plump raising weight-loss goals

Partnership for a Healthier Johnson County is having the annual weight loss competition Dump your Plump.

The wellness program begins Jan. 20 and runs until March 30 to help participants reach weight loss and exercise goals.

A $1,000 team grand prize is awarded along with two $25 weekly individual winners.

Captains register teams of up to 10 members made up of friends, family or co-workers. Participants set a weight loss goal and pledge to exercise 30 minutes a day, five days a week. Weekly exercise and weight reports are due each week.

The cost is $10 per participant and registration is due Jan. 16.

Forms and information are available at www.healthierjc.org or by calling 736-3367.

Our Lady planning

Haiti school fundraiser

People can play trivia to help schools in Haiti.

Our Lady of the Greenwood Catholic Church is playing host to a trivia-based fundraiser 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at the church, 335 S. Meridian St.

Teams of eight to 10 people will battle for the winner’s trophy during the church’s trivia night.

Cost is $25 per person and includes games, food and drinks.

All proceeds will support St. Georges School and parish in Bassin-Bleu, Haiti, and nearby mountain schools and parishes.

Information: olgheartsforhaiti@gmail.com.

Scholarships available through foundation

Johnson County students are eligible for several scholarships through the Johnson County Community Foundation.

Applications for the Lilly Endowment are available on the website: www.jccf.org/apply-for-a-scholarship. The deadline is Friday.

Other scholarships are due March 1.

Winter reading program to begin next month

February will kick off the Johnson County Public Library’s winter reading program.

“Feed Your Mind, Read!” will take place throughout the month at all branches.

Each time a patron or family visits the library, readers will

receive a prize and a bonus ticket.

Tickets will be good for a chance at winning a prize pack with kitchen-inspired books and toys.

Patrons also can hunt for popular fairy tale characters throughout the library.

Information: jcplin.org

Free tax help for seniors offered at libraries

Johnson County Public Library is offering free tax assistance with AARP to senior citizens and low-income individuals.

Check jcplin.org/register for days and times at local branches.

People must sign up for an appointment.

Recycle electronics

at Franklin office

Residents can recycle old electronic equipment this month.

The Johnson County Recycling District will host 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 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

Greenwood library

adjusts Saturday hours

The Greenwood Public Library has adjusted its Saturday hours.

The library, 310 S. Meridian St., will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays instead of the former hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The library will be open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 1 to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Information: greenwood

library.us, 881-1953

Days dwindling for

tree recycling sites

You can recycle your real Christmas tree at several locations across the county.

Take your tree to one of the following locations: near the baseball diamond at Center Grove High School, near the Purdue Extension Office at the Johnson County fairgrounds in Franklin or Indian Creek Intermediate School.

Take all the lights, tinsel and ornaments off the tree and take the tree out of the bag. Trees will be accepted until Thursday.

For more information, contact the Johnson County Recycling District at 738-2546.

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