Can you guess what is under the black plastic?

There has been a lot of construction on Gumwood, Fir, and Brick Roads over the past year or so.  Harris Township residents will benefit, more than just in terms of repaved surfaces.

Stay tuned for updates.  Hint: most of “Granger” is not on city water.

In the mean time, do you care to offer a guess on what is happening?  If so, drop us a note at HarrisTrusteeLindsay@gmail.com

Background: Granger is not a city, therefore city services can’t be assumed.  For some insights on services and who provides them, we’ve provided a resource page.

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Operating expenses are down!

Doing the same for less is a good thing.  Do you see that very often in government?

Harris Township’s operating expenses have been reduced by almost $10,000 per year on an annualized basis – for existing general services.  We’ll put that money to good use elsewhere.

No magic, just hard work, a keen eye, and a sharp pencil.  How?  Stopping utilities that were rarely used, eliminating unneeded coverage, comparing prices, and taking full advantage of our tax-exempt status.

The dollars add up.  Stay tuned for more good news.

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Cemetery restoration is underway

Harris Township recently commissioned an extensive cemetery restoration project to be performed by Stone Revival Historical Preservation, an Indiana company.  Work is underway.

Both township cemeteries – Harris Prairie and Salem – will be improved primarily by the repair, straightening or cleaning of over 500 grave markers.

As of August 27th, work is complete on markers in the western portion of Harris Prairie Cemetery.  Take a look, and compare to the broken and discolored markers on the eastern portion, where work is just beginning.

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Harris Township Board Meeting August 31st

The Board of Harris Civil Township, St. Joseph County, Indiana will meet on Monday August 31st at 7:30 pm, in the basement of the fire station at Bittersweet and Anderson Roads.  Business will include an update on the cemetery restoration project and planning for Elm Road Pedestrian Park, plus discussion of the proposed 2016 budget, and any other business that may legally come before the board.
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Harris Prairie Cemetery Restoration Work Scheduled

A comprehensive restoration project is scheduled to begin in August 2015.

Grave markers including foot stones will be cleaned, reset and repaired as needed.

During this work, access to plots may be restricted.  All vegetation, decorations and other items are subject to temporary and permanent removal.

Restoration at Salem Cemetery is planned for later this year.

If you have questions, or would like to bring anything to the attention of the township, please contact us.

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Cemetery visitors – important notice

Shrubs, trees and flowers that grow near a headstone will likely damage it.   Please work with us to protect your loved one’s resting place.  Contact us, and we’ll work with you.

Take a look at the photo.  Not only does weather impact headstones, but the plant you see growing could be quickly become a problem.  We know that a small rose bush or evergreen planted today might seem to honor the deceased, but that won’t be the case in ten years.  So please, think before you plant.

Plans are being made for restoration efforts at the two cemeteries maintained by Harris Township.  As part of the effort, vegetation and decorations will be removed.  If you visit the cemetery, we’d much rather work with you before that time arrives.  Please contact the Trustee for more information.

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Granger Community Church (is) 4Michiana

Volunteers from Granger Community Church (GCC) recently spread playground mulch, built bird boxes, and planted trees at Harris Township Park as part of their ongoing 4Michiana campaign to serve local community organizations.  Check out the program at their web site gccwired.com, or navigate there via our Partners page.

Dozens of wonderful volunteers gave their Saturday morning this spring to improve the park.  We are very grateful!  Special thanks to Jeanna, Cassie, Dale, Jon and Shelly.

Come to the park this summer to check out the softer play’ground’, and in 20 years to admire the walnut trees bordering the toll road.

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Bluebird!

It took until June, but a bluebird was spotted at Harris Township Park. It is nesting in a bluebird box that was installed earlier this year.

Thanks again to the Audubon Society, and specifically Laura Fuderer who took these pictures on June 19th. Interested in seeing wildlife up close? Volunteer.

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The Birds of Harris Township Park

Laura Fuderer, Conservation Chair of the South Bend – Elkhart Audubon Society, has been keeping track of the birds frequenting Harris Township Park.

Here is the list of birds spotted at Harris Township Park:

  1. Canada Goose
  2. Wood Duck (a pair)
  3. Mallard
  4. Turkey
  5. Red-tailed Hawk
  6. Killdeer (confirmed nesting)
  7. Gull species (Ring-billed?)
  8. Mourning Dove
  9. Northern Flicker
  10. Eastern Kingbird
  11. Blue Jay
  12. American Crow
  13. American Robin
  14. European Starling
  15. Chipping Sparrow
  16. Song Sparrow
  17. Northern Cardinal
  18. Red-winged Blackbird
  19. Common Grackle
  20. House Finch
  21. Cedar Waxwing
  22. Rose-Breasted Grosbeak
  23. Eastern Towhee
  24. Bluebird (breeding)
  25. House Sparrow
  26. Baltimore Oriole (breeding)
  27. Gray Catbird
  28. Brown-headed Cowbird
  29. Green Heron
  30. Horned Larks
  31. Barn Swallows

This list will be updated ongoing!  (last update from 7/26/2015 visit)

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100 Trees Planted at Harris Township Park

Thanks to volunteers, including from Granger Community Church, over 100 trees were recently planted at Harris Township Park.

The trees, mostly saplings, were obtained from the Soil and Water Conservation District of St. Joseph County.

Walnut trees now border the southern end of the park, along the Indiana Toll Road.
A variety of fruit trees were planted along the western edge of the park, along Gast Ditch and near the bluebird boxes that were installed earlier in the year.

Thanks to all those who helped.  If you’re interested in planting trees, we’ll do it again so let us know you’d like to help – then plan on driving by with a loved one in 20 years to show off the much taller results your work!

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