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TOWNSHIP BOARD AND COUNTY PARK BOARD PROPOSAL TO JACKSON COUNTY FAIR BOARD

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

 

 

 

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Local Health and Wellness

The Brownstown Township Board and Trustee agreed to increased our 2018 Recreation and Culture budget to help create a sustainable culture of health and wellness in our local communities. We plan to help support the vision and mission of the Healthy Jackson County (HJC) project.*
Do you know your township board members and trustee? Have your township officials budgeted for local recreation and culture activities? For a “Healthier Jackson County” some of your local tax dollars are needed to develop and maintain environments which encourage more local physical activities. Ask your township officials if your township has a budget item for recreation and culture! If not, suggest they add one.
*https://www.facebook.com/healthyjacksoncounty/

Cemetery Tree Clearing Project

The First German Presbyterian Cemetery restoration project was initiated June 1, 2017, after the Jackson County Highway Department constructed an access lane on the easement to the cemetery property located north of county road 400 South at about 75 East in Brownstown Township. This access lane allowed the Township Board and Trustee to begin a tree clearing project for this historic site recently donated to the township by retired Brownstown High School Teacher, Lynn Hinnefeld.

Brownstown Township entered into independent contracting agreements with Brownstown High School students Jordan Statzer and Dylan Cockerham to clear the small trees and brush from the cemetery property.  Teacher Blake Hackman and Township Board Chairman Jack Gillespie provided supervision for the tree clearing work.  On June 14, 2017 Gillespie brought Mr. Hinnefeld to the site to get pictures of the project progress and meet with Hackman and the boys to discuss some of the family history of the cemetery.

As Jackson County departments have compleated cooperative projects of surveying the cemetery property and constructing an access lane to the site, the Township Board Chairman sent a gratitude email to the County Commissioners, Council, Auditor, Highway Department and Surveyor.  This was another local government cooperative project to restore a truly historic Brownstown Township site.

See: https://brownstowntownshipindiana.com/

 

200 Years Ago

Today in 1817 Jackson county officials met to establish a central township to be named after the town of Brownstown.  Happy anniversary Brownstown Township.

Resolution 2017-4

Brownstown Township

Resolution 2017-4

January 30, 2017

Be it resolved the Brownstown Township Board 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”.

Healthy Community Project

Brownstown Township is currently participating in a Jackson County, Indiana CDC Grant project to help prevent and reduce obesity. The Township Board has proposed a resolution to yearly budget 10% of its estimated annual township receipts to a local Township Recreation, Health, Culture, and Conservation Fund to help finance local cooperative town, township, and county “Healthy Community Projects”.

We hope that all of the 12 townships in Jackson County will pass  resolutions to help fund these types of projects.

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

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:

https://www.facebook.com/Brownstown-Youth-Soccer-League-1554364138223803/

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