General Interest

Harris Township board meeting

The Harris Township board will meet virtually, via Zoom, regarding capital asset acquisition options.

Topic: Harris Township Board meeting
Time: Nov 4, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 863 4899 8121
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Thank those responding to COVID-19 calls in Granger

In unincorporated Granger, Clay Fire Territory (CFT) first responders show up in ambulances and fire trucks in response to COVID-19 calls.    You can show your thanks by buying them a meal.
In Harris Township, CFT’s fire stations are at State Road 23 and Elm Road, and at Bittersweet and Anderson Roads.

Fire stations are currently limiting access and deliveries to protect the public and first responders, so the best way to do that is by sending a check or gift card.

Your donation will allow them to pick up a meal at their convenience while working, or order for delivery while in quarantine, which is sometimes necessary.

While money donations provide the most flexibility, gift cards to places like Martin’s Supermarkets, Wings Etc., or a pizza restaurant would be put to good use.

Clay Fire Territory Administrative Offices
re: thank you first responders
18355 Auten Road
South Bend, IN 46637

The typical ambulance is staffed by two people, and the typical fire engine by three people.  There are two ambulances and five fire engines, plus a number of support personnel working to keep you safe.

CFT serves Harris Township and Clay Township, comprising the majority of Granger.  CFT also serves German Township, Roseland and Indian Village. They operate from five fire stations including at State Road 23 and Elm Road, and at Bittersweet and Anderson Roads.

…and if you’re participating in the Granger Community Church #4Michiana #4Michianabingo giving event, you can claim the spot just below the free space on your bingo card!

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Additional Appropriation for Township Assistance

The Harris Township Board will meet 4.8.2020 to seek public input on an additional budget appropriation for 2020.

The $40,000 additional appropriation is for purposes of Township Assistance, in anticipation of additional need. The funding source is the Rainy Day Fund. No funds would be disbursed until the initial $15,000 appropriation is exhausted.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 8 at 6pm, outside the Trustee Office which is located in the fire station at 13981 State Road 23, Granger, Indiana. Again, the meeting will begin promptly at 6pm, and will be held outdoors.

Those in need may contact the township via email or phone.
The township may be able to assist township residents, including with utility and rent in certain situations, and subject to income and other published guidelines. Please note that as of now, utilities are not shutting off service.

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Temporary parking restrictions – HTP at Elm Road

Thanks in advance for your patience as the resurfacing project awaits completion in the form of finishing work between the lot and the front retention pond. Some parking spots are blocked off, to protect the ground from developing ruts tat would impede that work.

As always and per the posted signs, additional parking is available in the church lot across the street, when there is no service or event at the church.

Until the work is complete, please don’t park in the handicap spots if you don’t have a valid pass, or between them – as indicated by the blue lines.

Last year the pickleball nets went up in mid-April. While that decision is always weather dependent, this parking issue may also play a role this year.

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Sue Dylewski playground

The playground in Harris Township Park at Brummitt Road was named in honor of Sue Dylewski, the 7-term Trustee who was instrumental in creating it. Sue was at the 11/16 ceremony. Thanks for your 28 years of service!

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HTP Brummitt to close for season

Harris Township Park at Brummitt Road will close for the season immediately following the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. It will reopen in March.

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Intro to PB done for 2019

The Intro to Pickleball classes that were held each 1st and 3rd Monday are complete for 2019. Thanks to Almir and the Michiana Pickleball Association for teaching.

And a big thank you to TMPR Sports for providing a new set of loaner paddles for those classes!

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Found at Harris Township Park at Elm Road – medical ID bracelet. Contact the township to claim.

Also, from previous months – found pickleball paddle(s). Ditto.

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HTP at Elm courts reserved Wednesday July 24

This Wednesday (July 24) morning from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, two or more of the pickleball courts at Harris Township Park at Elm Road are reserved by the township. The final number is subject to attendance at the event – a clinic by a pickleball pro.
The public is invited to watch, free.

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Pickleball pro at Harris Township courts July 24; tournament at Notre Dame August 3&4

Pickleball continues to grow in popularity. Upcoming local events offer opportunities to learn more about the sport and observe top caliber players in action.

Michiana Midwest Classic at Notre Dame

For the second year in a row there will be a competitive pickleball tournament with a national draw of over 200 participants including those ranked 5.0, the highest available from the USA Pickleball Association (USAPA). The event is free and open to the public at the Compton Ice Arena on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, Saturday August 3rd and Sunday August 4th.

The tournament is coordinated by the Michiana Pickleball Association. Inquiries may be directed to or Nick Falletta, President at 574-344-9393.

Clinic by Pickleball pro Laura Fenton Kovanda

This recognized expert will teach techniques on Wednesday July 24 (9 am to noon) at Harris Township’s pickleball courts on Elm Road, between the Harris branch library and fire station. Participating in the clinic requires a fee, but watching from the sidelines is free and open to the public. Contact the Michiana Pickleball Association for more information.

Introduction to Pickleball lessons

One hour sessions are held at 6pm on the first and third Mondays of each month into September, at the same Harris Township Park at Elm Road courts. Instructors are volunteers from the Michiana Pickleball Association. Wear court-friendly shoes. There is no charge. Loaner paddles are provided. Subject to weather and schedule changes.

Paddles may be checked out of the Harris branch library

Interested in learning on your own, before investing in paddles? Paddles and balls are available for check-out from the Harris branch library. This is an ongoing program.

[Laura Fenton Kovanda and Nick Falletta are available to speak with representatives of the media]

Kenneth E. (Ken) Lindsay
Harris Township Trustee

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