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July 31 Meeting Minutes

The Brownstown Township Board met on Monday, July 31, 2017 at the Trustee’s office.  Members present at the meeting were Bev Dewitt, Jack Gillespie, Angela Blann, and Jennifer Isaacs.  Meeting was called to order by Jack Gillespie.  Jennifer Isaacs read the minutes from the June 21st meeting and they were approved.

 

Old Business

Work is beginning by Graveyard Groomers on Miller Cemetery for a $5,000 project and to follow with work on Burrell Cemetery .  Jack is getting bids on the Old Town Cemetery from Helen Wildermuth of Stonehugger Cemetery Restoration, Inc.  Nashville, IN.

 

New Business

Angela Blann was welcomed as new Township Board Member.

Jennifer read the 2018 budget with recommendations made and the board agreed to increase the Recreation budget from $10,000 to $20,000 and to increase the Cemetery budget from $20,000 to $25,000.

Jack discussed the new Obesity Project in Jackson County and possible future endeavors.

The next meeting will be in September.

Meeting was adjourned.

 

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Board Minutes June 21, 2017

The Brownstown Township Board met on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at the Trustee’s office.  Members present at the meeting were Bev Dewitt, Jack Gillespie and Jennifer Isaacs.  Meeting was called to order by Jack Gillespie.  Jennifer Isaacs read the minutes of the May 1 meeting and they were approved.

Old Business:

The First German Presbyterian Cemetery in Wegan is almost complete.  The boys have done a great job and the Highway Dept. has completed the road access to get to the cemetery.  The amount the township owes should be less than $500.  The next stage will be to spray for weeds.The Multi Path Project has a bid of $11,000.  The Brownstown Township might have to pay half of it, but not until 2018.

New Business:

The Brownstown Township Trustee received a letter from Smallwood Cemetery about giving a donation to help them mow the cemetery this summer.  Bev and Jack both agreed to make a donation of $250.00.

Jack Gillespie brought a bill in for Word Press (our township webpage) for $18.00.  Jennifer reimbursed him with a check.

Meeting was adjourned.

Board Minutes 5-1-2017

The Brownstown Township Board met on Monday, May 1, 2017 at the Trustee’s Office. Those present were Trustee Jennifer Isaacs, and board members, Bev DeWitt, Jack Gillespie, and Hope Warren. Also present for the meeting was Brownstown School Board Member, Dan Hall.

The meeting was called to order by Jack Gillespie. Hope read the minutes from the January 30, 2017 meeting. Minutes were approved as read.

Old Business

  • Board members discussed donating money to the soccer field this year and it was decided that the board would not be making a donation. Mowing of the field was also discussed and it was determined that the County Park Board is currently taking care of the field.

 New Business

  • Dan Hall, Brownstown School Board Member reported on current projects that the school board is working towards. Dan reported that the high school football stadium would begin renovation once school has ended for the 2016-2017 school year. Dan also briefly discussed the possibilities of the turf project for the high school football field. Dan also stated his interest in serving another year on the Brownstown School Board.
  • Jack reported on the Healthy Jackson County Townships. Completing of the walking path will be discussed at the June meeting. This will be part of the 2018 obesity project. They will be receiving bids from Star Paving and Brad Pardieck.
  • Jack reported that the First German Presbyterian Cemetery pathway has not been finished yet by the county. He spoke with Jerry Ault and it is on the to-do list. Jack also reported that he will talk to Jade Peters about having some of the high school football players remove trees for $1500-$2000.
  • Jack presented an estimate from Stonehugger Cemetery Restoration, Inc. for the Old Town Cemetery project.
  • Jack reported we have not yet received an estimate on the Jackson County Park path project completion.
  • Jennifer reported we have received two mowing bids for 2017 from Mark Lahrman and Dave Self (A&B Mowing). Discussion was had, and it was decided to have Dave Self do the mowing for 2017. Bev made the motion and it was seconded by Hope. Meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Hope S. Warren, Brownstown Township Board Secretary

Board Minutes 1-30-2017

Brownstown Township Board

January 30, 2017 Meeting Minutes

 

The Brownstown Township Board met on Monday, January 30, 2017 at the Trustee’s Office. Those present were Trustee Jennifer Isaacs, and board members Bev DeWitt, Jack Gillespie, and Hope Warren.

The meeting was called to order by Jack Gillespie. Jack read the minutes from the January 3, 2017 meeting. Minutes were approved as read. Jennifer read the minutes from the September 21, 2016 meeting. Minutes were approved as read.

Old Business

  • Hinnefeld Cemetery – The cemetery will be dedicated February 10, 2017.

New Business

  • 2017 Salaries – The 2017 Salaries will be as follows: Brownstown Township Trustee $21,000; Brownstown Township Trustee Deputy $2,000; Brownstown Township Board Member $1666.
  • 2017 Board of Finance – As of January 1, 2017 the account balance at The People’s Bank was $56,268.03.
  • 2017 Nepotism Contracts – Resolution 2017-3: Signed by the Trustee and all board members.
  • Resolution 2017-4 – The board signed and agreed to annually budget 10% of its estimated annual receipts to a local Township Recreation, Health, Culture, and Conservation Fund to help finance local cooperative town, township, and county “Healthy Community Projects”.
  • 2016 Annual Report – The report has been submitted on Gateway and can be viewed by accessing the Gateway website @ https://gateway.ifionline.org

 

Meeting was adjourned.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Hope S. Warren

Brownstown Township Board Secretary

Board Minutes 1-3-2017

Brownstown Township Board Meeting

Minutes of January 3, 2017

The meeting was called to order.  Minutes of the last meeting were not available.  Beverly DeWitt and Jack Gillespie were present. Beverly made a motion to keep the officers the same as 2016. The officers for 2017 will be Jack Gillespie, Board Chairman and Hope Warren, Secretary.

The following October 19, 2016 request from Lynn Hinnefeld was read and approved.  “I request that Brownstown Township survey an abandoned cemetery plot on my farm described as PT SE SW 36-5-4 99A in Jackson County Indiana.  I would be willing to donate this plot and an access lane from the adjacent county road to Brownstown Township for preservation of this historic site.”

The following resolution was proposed by Jack:  “Be it resolved that the Brownstown Township Board accept a property donation from Lynn W. Hinnefeld of an abandoned cemetery plot on the Hinnefeld farm approximately one half mile west of County Road 100 North and one hundred feet north of County Road 400 South in Brownstown Township.  This cemetery will be recorded as public property of Brownstown Township and named First German Presbyterian Cemetery.”

The resolution was approved and signed by Beverly and Jack as:

Brownstown Township Resolution  2017-1.

Minutes written 1-3-2017 by Jack Gillespie, Board Chairman

Next Board Meeting 9-21-16

The budget planning meeting will be at the Trustees office Wednesday Sept. 21 and 6:00 pm.  Other agenda issues will be refund from Graber Post Bldg., soccer sign, tombstone groomer, and township soccer field  dedication.

Brownstown Township Board Meeting

The 5-18-16 board meeting was delayed for 1 week due conflicting schedules. The next Board Meeting will be 5-25-16.

Wishing the town of Brownstown Indiana a happy 200th birthday.

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