Brownstown Township / Jackson County / Indiana

Board Minutes and Schedule, Project Updates, and News Items

Township Office Moved

The Trustee’s office has moved from 118.5 W Walnut Street to 305 S Ewing Street, Brownstown

Summer(2022) History Intern

Position Title:  Brownstown Township Summer(2022) History Intern

Goal:  Develop a computer program to help start updating Jackson County History Center records of all head stone names for historic cemeteries in Brownstown Township.  Probe the Brownstown Old Town Cemetery ground for headstone basses to try to match broken off and removed headstones for future restoration.

Qualifications:  Good writing, computer, and communication skills.  Ability to work independently in collecting and processing historic data and information.

Desired Qualifications:  A high school graduate with some college experience and interest in history.  A Brownstown Township or Jackson County resident.

Work Schedule:  Not more than 30 hours per week and not more than 12 weeks.  Starting in May or June and ending in August or September of 2022.

Salary:  Up to $10 per hour based on experience and qualifications.  Current local mileage reimbursement for job relate travel.

Duties and Responsibilities:  Work in the Jackson County History Center facility and/or the Brownstown Township Trustee office.  Collect data and information as needed from Brownstown Township Cemeteries and any other records from Jackson County Offices or local news paper offices.

To Apply:  Submit a brief resume and a statement of interest in history to: 

Brownstown Township Trustee:   (email)

or  Brownstown Township Board Chair:  (email)

For Other Information:  Call 812-569-9474 or 812-216-3931 or visit

Board Meeting 2-16-2022

At this meeting the Brownstown Township Board approved these resolutions, requests and reports.

Resolution 1-2022: The Brownstown Township Board resolves to accept a request from Premier Companies CEO Harold Cooper to survey the approximate 0.10 acre cemetery plot on their Brownstown Indiana business property described as PT SE 14.123 A in Jackson County Indiana.  Premier Companies will then donate the cemetery plot and public access to Brownstown Township. This cemetery plot will be recorded as public property of Brownstown Township and named Ewing Cemetery.

Resolution 2-2022: The Brownstown Township Board resolves to sponsor a Brownstown High School History Student in a school to work program at the Jackson County History Center.  The job will pay a current minimum wage for up to 12 hours per week. The objective is to update and record past and current township activities and help maintain the Brownstown Township Website.  Expenses will be paid from the General Fund budgeted item (3.) Other Services and Charges, (L.) Community Services*.

Resolution 3-2022: The Brownstown Township Board resolves to hire a Summer History Intern to help update some of the township cemetery records and help identify and restore some of the grave sites.  Expenses will be paid from the General Fund budgeted item (3.) Other Services and Charges, (L.) Community Services*

Survey Request to Jackson County Surveyor: a/ The Brownstown Township Board requests a survey and legal description for a 0.1 acre cemetery plot on the Premier Companies business property described as PT SE 14.123A in Jackson County Indiana. The historic cemetery plot will be donated to Brownstown Township for public access and be named Ewing Cemetery. b/ The Brownstown Township Board requests the unnamed property described as 36-54-11-200-002.000-002 on the Jackson County Indiana GIS map be surveyed and legally described as public property and named Brickyard Hill Cemetery.

At this meeting the Board also approved the Annual Financial Report, Year End Report, Salaries Report, and Nepotism Policies Repot. The 2021 data submitted for Brownstown Township, Jackson County Indiana is available online at: // then click on Report Search then click on Search by Unite and type in Brownstown Township.

Report by Jack Gillespie, Board Chairman

Board Meeting 1-4-2022

The Brownstown Township Board met at the Township Trustee’s office for the annual election of officers. Jack Gillespie was elected as Board Chairman and Helen Nolting was elected as Board Secretary. No other business was conducted.

Jack updated the other board members and the trustee about his meeting with Fred Stuckwisch related to donating the Findley Cemetery to the Township, and his meeting with Harold Cooper related to donating the Ewing Cemetery to the Township. He also discussed the need to get the brickyard hill cemetery transferred to the township and cleared this coming year.

Board Minutes 8-18-21

Board members present were Conner Barnett, Jack Gillespie, and Helen Nolting. Trustee Isaacs was present. Jack Gillespie opened the meeting and delayed reading and approval of previous meetings minutes until next meeting.

Old Business

Jack announced that Walt Walters (“Tombstone Groomer”) had been contacted and made a commitment this year for one week at $5,000. There was no information back from Paul Borden about the History Center Intern.

New Business

Conner will talk to Dereck Cook of BCHS about getting students involved. Will probably have to provide liability insurance for the student.

Jack reported there is a township cemetery that does not have a name. It is located near the Robertson Cemetery. Charles Brock owns the land around it. He also said there is a dead tree that needs to be removed in the Robertson Cemetery. He plans to talk to Rob Haubry about the possible harvest of the pine trees in the Old Town Cemetery.

The 2022 Budget Estimate prepared by Trustee Isaacs was reviewed and approved for submission to DLGF for final approval.

Respectfully, Helen Nolting, Secretary

Board Minutes 4-12-21

The Township Board met April 12, 2021 at the Trustee office with Jack Gillespie and Helen Nolting present. Jennifer Isaacs distributed the agenda for the meeting. Minutes of the 2-9-21 meeting were reviewed and approved.

Old Business

Cemetery Restoration: There is $20,000 in Budget, of which mowing will be $10,000. This will leave $10,000 for the summer intern and grooming.

New Business

Newly elected School Board Member Paul Borden reported the second round of Covid money is coming and possibly would be receiving a third round. Jack asked Paul Borden about the possibility of hiring one, possibly two summer interns for cemetery project. Jack proposed two days a week at $10.00 per hour for the intern position. The interns would be working approximately 16 hours a week, and will be reporting the the History Center.

Jack brought up that an outdoor sign for the front of the Trustee building could be purchased for $60.00. The sign would be a metal frame sign with name, address, and telephone number. Jack will order.

Mowing bids were received from Dave Self of A&B Mowing, LLC at $570 per week and Steve Mowdy at $470 per week. It was decided to stay with Dave Self of A&B Mowing LLC, as his work has been satisfactory in past. Respectfully, Helen Nolting

Board Minutes 2-9-2021

Brownstown Township

Jackson County Indiana

Board Members: Conner Barnette, Jack Gillespie. Helen Nolting

Trustee: Jennifer Isaacs

Board Meeting 2-09-21

The Brownstown Township Board met on Tuesday. February 9.2021 at the Trustee Office Conner Barnette opened the meeting with all three Board Members present. Minutes of the 9-30-2020 meeting were reviewed and approved. Isaacs distributed the agenda for the meeting. Board Members signatures were received for Resolution 1-2021. Township Trustee salery $21,200 and Board Members $1,666. No change to Nepotism Policy.

Old Business

On 11-17-20, due to the death of School Board member Dan Hall, Paul Borden was unanimously approved to replace Dan Hall as the Brownstown Township Representative on the Brownstown Central School Board of Trustees.

New Business

Election of Officer for 2021 was held: President – Jack Gillespie, Secretary – Helen Nolting, Member – Conner Barnette

Board of Finance Report approve at $49,701.65. Gateway Year End Report copies distributed. Jack Gillespie brought to attention that Cemetery Fund was not utilized in 2020 and should be considered for 2021.

Conner Barnette made the motion to adjourn. Jack Gillespie seconded.


Helen Nolting Secretary


The Brownstown Township Board met on Wednesday 9-30-2020 at the Trustee’s office.  Trustee Jenifer Isaacs called the meeting to get Board member signatures for the proposed 2021 Budget.  Board members Helen Nolting and Jack Gillespie were present. 

The meeting was called to order by Gillespie.  Minutes of the 7-22-2020 meeting were reviewed and approved.   Isaacs distributed the agenda for the meeting.

Old Business: A copy of the proposed 2021 Budget was reviewed and approved and signed by Nolting and Gillespie.  Barnette who was not present for the meeting had signed the copy before the meeting.

Isaacs reported that the search for a new office location, resulted in a proposal to rent a building owned by Marvin and Carolyn Huffman at 419 South Main Street, Brownstown for $350 per month.  Nolting and Gillespie voted to accept that proposal.

New Business:  Isaacs explained that a 2020 budget reduction resolution was required for approval of the 2021 budget proposal.  That will be considered at the next meeting.  

The next meeting is planned for December.

by Jack R. Gillespie, Secretary  10/1/2020 

Added 2/1/2021:  Due to the death of Dan Hall, Isaacs called a meeting for Nov. 17, 2020 to vote on a new school board representative for the township.  Paul Borden was approved to replace Dan Hall as the Brownstown Township Representative on the Brownstown Central School Board of Trustees.  JRG


The Brownstown Township Board met on Monday 7-22-2020 at the Trustee’s office.  Trustee Jenifer Isaacs introduced our new board member, Helen Nolting, who was appointed to replace Angela Blann.  Existing board members Conner Burnette and Jack Gillespie were present. 

The meeting was called to order by Barnette.  Minutes of the 1-27-2020 township board meeting were read and approved.  Isaacs distributed the agenda for the meeting.

Old Business: In order to bring Nolting up to date, Gillespie discussed our agreement with the County Fair board to complete the Multi Purpose Path project.  He also reminded the board this project has not been completed.

New Business:  1/  Isaacs passed out the Trustee’s Budget Estimate for 2021.  That estimate increased Personal Services by $1,300 to $29,300 from $28,000.  She  moved Supplies of $1,950.00 from General Government to Township Assistance, and decreased Other Services and Charges from $32,800 to $16,800.  The Recreation Fund was increased from $5,000 to $10,000.  The Township Assistance fund was decreased from $30,600 to $28,350.  All of these changes will be reviewed at the next meeting.  2/  Current office rent of $225 has been increased to $350.  We discussed considering other location for renting office space.  We considered investigating the possibility of the Ewing Depot.  Barnette agreed to follow up on relocation options.  3/  The under funding of the County Park Board was discussed.  Unless specified local tax receipts are made available to the township, the recreation activities on county park property should be funded by the county.

The next meeting is planned for Auguest 10, 2020.

 by Jack R. Gillespie, Secretary


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