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Our Township Board members are Jack Gillespie,Conner Barnette, and Helen Nolting.

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: //gateway.ifionline.org/report_builder/ 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 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.

Respectfully,

Helen Nolting Secretary

BOARD MINUTES 9-30-2020

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

BOARD MINUTES 7-22-2020

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

7-22-2020 

BOARD MINUTES 1-27-2020

The Brownstown Township Board met on Monday 1-27-2020 at the Trustee’s office.  Members present were Angela Blann, Jack Gillespie and Conner Barnette.  Trustee Jenifer Isaacs was also present. 

The meeting was called to order by Barnette.  Minutes of the 1-6-2020 township board meeting were read and approved.  Isaacs distributed the agenda for the meeting.  No old business was discussed.

New Business:  Isaacs passed out copies of the current Brownstown Township Nepotism Policy.  A Certification to the Brownstown Township Trustee by all board members to comply with that policy was signed by each board members.  Isaacs provided the board with a copy of her signed certification with the Township Nepotism Policy.

Isaacs distributed copies of Resolution 1-2020.  Resolution 1-2020 reads as follows:  The Brownstown Township Board resolves to establish the 2020 Township officer salaries at $21,200 for the Township Trustee;  $1,800.00 for the Township Deputy; and $1,666 for each Township Board Member. A copy of the resolution was signed by all members.

The 2019 Year End Report indicated Recreation Fund Receipts of $0, Township Receipts of $51,976.87 and Township Assistance Receipts of $21,489.26.  The report indicated Recreation Fund Disbursements of $0, Township Disbursements of $42,672.16, and Township Assistance Disbursements of $26,925.93.  Total Receipts were $73,46613 and Total Disbursements were $69,598.09.  For 2019 the Beginning Balance was $34,851.96 and Ending Balance was $38,720.00.  The 2020 Board of Finance Report indicated a People’s Bank balance of $38,720.

Copy B of Employee’s Federal Tax Return was delivered to board members. Isaacs announced the next meeting will be in March.

by Jack R. Gillespie, Secretary 

1/29/2020

BOARD MINUTES 1-6-2020

The Brownstown Township Board met on Monday 1-6-2020 at the Trustee’s office.  Members present were Jack Gillespie and Conner Barnette.  Trustee Jenifer Isaacs was also present. 

The 2020 organizational  meeting was called to order by Barnette.  Barnette and Gillespie agreed to serve as Chairman and Secretary of the Board for another year.  Both were elected to also serve, respectively, as Chairman and Secretary of the Finance Board.  Minutes of the 9-9-2019 township meeting were read and approved.

Isaacs announced the next meeting will be at 4:30pm on January 27, 2020 at the Trustee’s office.  She will have the 2019 end of year report to be reviewed.

by Jack R. Gillespie, Secretary

1-6-2020

BOARD MINUTES 9-9-2019

The Brownstown Township Board met at 5:00pm 9-9-2019 at the Trustee’s office.  Members present were Conner Barnette, Angela Blann and Jack Gillespie.  Trustee Jenifer Isaacs was present.   Barnette called the meeting to order.  Copies of the7-31-2019 board minutes were provided by Gillespie and read by Isaacs.  The minutes of the 7-31-2019 meeting were approved. 

Old business:  

Isaacs passed out copies of the new proposed Brownstown Township Budget Report For 2020.  She pointed out that the Township Assistance Fund proposed total was reduced $3,000 to $30,600 to comply with budget increase limitations. 

The total unit budget proposal for 2020 to be voted on 9-23-2019 will be $100,094.  The following proposed fund totals are:  General(0101) =$64,494, Recreation(1312) =$5,000, Township Assistance(0840) =$30,600.   

New business:

Isaacs announced the next meeting will be September 23, 2019.

The meeting was extended until the proposed 2020 budget was signed.

On 9/23/2019 the 2020 Budget Report was signed by the board members.

The 9/9/2019 meeting was adjourned after the signing of the proposed budget.

Jack R. Gillespie, Secretary

9-30-2019

BOARD MEETING 7-31-2019

The Brownstown Township Board met 7-31-2019 at the Trustee’s office.  Members present were Conner Barnette, Angela Blann and Jack Gillespie.  Trustee Jenifer Isaacs was present.   Barnette called the meeting to order.  Copies of the 2-6-2019 email of the board minutes were provided by Gillespie and read by Isaacs.  The minutes of the 2-5-2019 meeting were approved.

Old business:

Gillespie  presented copies of the 2017 agreement with the Jackson County Fair Board to complete the Multi Purpose Path to the fair grounds.   No follow up was decided.  Gillespie also reported paying $18 for annual web site fee, and the board approved reimbursement.

New business:

Isaacs updated the work on weed control at the First German Presbyterian Cemetery (Wegan).  Jail inmates were used to help with weed control. At that location until roots of dead trees are removed to allow mowing, spraying and hand labor are required to control weeds.  The board approved donuts and pizza for the Sheriff’s department  to show appreciation for their help in weed control.

Isaacs requested approval for a Brownstown Township Internal Control Policy dated July, 25,2019.  A copy of the policy was distributed, and the original was signed by the board members.

The proposed 2020 budget was distributed and discussed.

Barnette distributed copies showing current county paving projects in the township.

by Jack R. Gillespie, Secretary

8-1-2019

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