By Liz Shepherd
ETNA GREEN — The Etna Green Town Council chose its slate of officers for the new year and briefly discussed the town’s K21 Health Foundation pledge during a meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 12.
Keith Claassen and Jason Hanes will continue serving as the council’s president and vice-president, respectively.
During the meeting, Hanes expressed an interest in wanting to use part of the town’s $200,000 K21 Health Foundation pledge for generators for the town’s wastewater treatment system.
In September 2019, the K21 Health Foundation made a commitment of $1.8 million to be distributed to nine of the smaller communities in Kosciusko County, including Etna Green. The money must be used for projects that will focus on health and wellness opportunities in the community.
Council Member Susan Klinefelter said the generator project is important but that she doesn’t want to use the K21 pledge for that.
“I think it needs to be more directly to the people, that they actually see the benefit and not just town equipment,” said Klinefelter.
Council said there’s multiple organizations they’d like to reach out to for input on the pledge, including the Etna Green Lions Club.
The council also gave their well-wishes to town attorney Jay Rigdon and his family. Rigdon is currently in a rehabilitative hospital due to contracting COVID-19.
Council’s next regular meeting is at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9.