Brownstown Township / Jackson County / Indiana

Board Minutes and Schedule, Project Updates, and News Items


Township Projects

Projects that the Township has completed or is currently working on.


September 11, 2017

 Jackson County Fair Board:

 The original (township, town and county) cooperative “Bicycle/Pedestrian Path” project plan (2011) included connecting a multi-use path with the existing asphalt paths in the Jackson County Fairgrounds.  That BROWNSTOWN/EWING MAINSTREET project was started with the Brownstown Community Indy 500 contest winnings of $25,000.  Brownstown Township matched the $25,000 and the Brownstown Chamber of Commerce helped complete the project to Hough Creek in 2012.  At that time, limited funds prevented connecting to the fairground paths.

 In 2016 Jackson County was designated by the United States Center For Disease Control (CDC) as one of the most obese counties in Indiana, Therefore, elected and appointed local officials need to consider projects which may help encourage more local physical activity. Completion of the “Bicycle/Pedestrian Path” to connect with existing facilities in the county fairgrounds has been identified as a project to help increase local physical activity.

 The Brownstown Township Board has budgeted for an increase in our 2018 Recreation and Culture Fund to help support the “Jackson County Healthier Together” project.  We request the Jackson County Fair Board cooperate with the  Brownstown Township Board to financially support the completion of the “Bicycle/Pedestrian Path” by the Jackson County Park Board.

 Jack Gillespie, Chairman, Brownstown Township Board

Larry Raymer, Chairman Jackson County Park Board




Dedication of “Township Soccer Fields”

November 12, 2016 11:00 AM

Introduction and History:  Township Board Chairman: Jack Gillespie

Introductions:  The members of the Brownstown Township Board are Beverly DeWitt, Hope Sitterding, and Jack Gillespie.  The Township Trustee is Jennifer Isaacs.  Trustee Isaacs and myself were present for the “Township Soccer Fields” dedication.

History:  In the 1970’s I became familiar with soccer as a “popular local community sport” while traveling to rural communities in South and Central America.  In many of the small, rural towns, I noticed kids were kicking any round object available in many vacant lots.  And on weekends most of the local people attended community soccer games or listened to national or international soccer games on the radio.  At that time Betty and I lived in Greenfield, Indiana which was just starting a youth soccer program.  So I volunteered to coach our son’s youth soccer team.  Soccer is now a very popular international sport.

When I was first elected to the Brownstown Township Board 10 years ago, I learned that townships had a responsibility for budgeting for local parks and recreation and culture programs.  So we started a township recreation and culture fund.  However, for this soccer project we had to do a special appropriation to use some of our reserve funds.

The idea of a cooperative project with local government unites started in 2011 when the “Brownstown Community” won the $25,000 AT&T Back Home Again In Indiana Decoration Contest.  That was truly a “community effort”, but there was no single “local community organization” to decide how to use the winnings. Linda McCormick was trying to organize “Brownstown/Ewing Main Street” at that time.  So she invited several people from local government unites to consider using the money for possible parks and recreation projects.  Since our Township had not financially supported local parks, the township board passed a resolution to match the community’s $25,000.  That allow for a $50,000 “Multi-Purpose Path” project in cooperation with the Jackson County Park Board and the Brownstown Chamber of Commerce.

After completing the “Multi-Purpose Path” project, I ask Larry Raymer if the Jackson County Park Board would consider a soccer field project.  He then advised me of the limited funds budgeted for the Jackson County Park Board, but indicated we might be able to use county property.

In November of 2012, the Brownstown Township Board passed Resolution 4-2012 to budget up to $45,000 for a cooperative soccer field project with the Jackson County Park Board.  Today’s dedication is the completion of that Brownstown Township and Jackson County Park cooperative soccer field development project.

Historic Marker:  Celery Signs designed and constructed the “Township Soccer Fields” sign dedicated today.  Naturalscape Services provided current landscaping and is planning landscaping around the new sign.

 Larry Raymer, Chairman of the County Park Board said a few words about how we coordinated the development of this Township Board, Jackson County Park Board, and Jackson County Council soccer field construction project.

Travis Norman then reviewed the project plans that Foresight Land Surveying developed and implemented.  He also discussed how he and Dan Blann organized and expanded the Brownstown Youth Soccer League.  Travis related that many of the visiting soccer teams have said the turf developed by Myers Sod Farm is the best they have played on.

Charlie Murphy spoke for the Jackson County Council and expressed their pleasure for the utilization of this county property.  He also indicated he would work with other council members to address any issues the County Park Board may have in the future.

Unfortunate Carl Shake was not present to discuss his and Brownstown Electric’s contribution of the equipment building.  Carl donated the boards from the Shieldstown  covered bridge and all of the materials and the labor for this building.

This dedication was the culmination of four years of planning and construction of the Brownstown Township Board and the Jackson County Park Board cooperative park and recreation soccer project.  We look forward to the Brownstown Youth Soccer League utilizing this facility for a truly popular local community sport program.

















Posted on Brownstown Youth Soccer League Facebook Page

Jack Gillespie
Today at 3:46pm
The Brownstown Township Board is preparing for a dedication of the Township Soccer Fields. This four year township project started in 2012 as a cooperative recreation development project with the Jackson County Park Board. The Jackson County Council designated county property for development of the Jackson County Park Board soccer program. Brownstown Township then provided the funding and coordination for construction of the soccer fields and the equipment needed to initiate a local community soccer program. Thanks to the Brownstown Youth Soccer League for organizing soccer coaches, parents,and soccer teams to utilize these cooperative township and county supported park facilities.

Brownstown Youth Soccer League

This is the first year for organized play on the Brownstown Township Soccer Fields.

Facebook page for Soccer League:

Multi-use Path Project 2011-2012

The Brownstown Township Board, Brownstown/Ewing Mainstreet, and Brownstown Chamber of Commerce cooperated with the Jackson County Park Board to develop a ‘Multi-use Path’ on the original County Poor Farm property. In 2011 the Township matched the $25,000 won by the local community in an Indy 500 contest. The path was planned in 2011, built in 2012 and connected by Township and Town sidewalk projects to the Courthouse Square in 2014.
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Township Soccer Project

The “Township Soccer Fields” were developed as a cooperative project with the Jackson County Park Board. On November 27, 2012 the Brownstown Township Board passed Resolution 4-2012 which resolved to finance the development of soccer fields on approximately 4.5 acres of the Jackson County Park property just east of County Road 25 East in Brownstown Township.
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Ewing Depot Project

One of our major projects for the past three years has been to provide financial support for the Brownstown/Ewing Train Depot Restoration Committee. These funds were budgeted in our 2012 and 2013 Township Recreation and Culture Funds and were donated to the Brownstown/Ewing Mainstreet Depot Restoration Committee.  At the 9/10/2013 board meeting Beverly DeWitt made a motion to give $15,000 to Brownstown Main Street to support the Train Depot project.  Jack Gillespie seconded the motion, and the motion passed.
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