Township boards retain chairmen, prepare for 2023

White Township’s Recreation Advisory Board and Municipal Authority board have retained their volunteer leaders for 2023, and both panels have busy agendas of business for the year ahead.

Recreation board members re-elected Chairman Matt Jackson, Vice Chairman Dan Antonacci and Secretary Alphonse Borowski at an organization and business meeting on Jan. 17. Barbara Hauge also serves on the board.

The recreation board opens 2023 with an opportunity for a community-minded individual to help guide the township’s recreation programs. The White Township board of supervisors will accept applications from interested residents until Jan. 24 and appoint a successor to Kim Caretti, whose term expired at the end of 2022. Board members’ terms are five years.

The Recreation Department, under Executive Director Ryan Shaffer, has introduced its directory of winter and spring programs that demonstrates the widening diversity of athletic and leisure activities offered by the township. The department this year will explore possible upgrades to the “turf side” of S&T Bank Arena and anticipate development of the community amphitheater in White Township Recreation Complex.

The sewage board, at its annual organization session on Jan. 17, retained A. Eugene Gemmell as chairman along with all other officers: Ken Brown as vice chairman and treasurer, Bill Smith as board secretary and Bill Beck as assistant treasurer and board secretary. George Lenz also serves on the board.

Kristen Lytle, of the township staff, is the recording secretary. Ryan Fritz, of Delaney & Fritz PC, is the solicitor.

The authority is overseeing the $3 million expansion of the sanitary sewage system near Jimmy Stewart Airport in the northeast section of White Township. The Route 286 East project will bring sewage service to about three dozen residential and commercial properties on Route 286, Airport Road, Campbell Lane, Hamill Road and Ober Road. Construction is scheduled for completion late this year.

The White Township Municipal Authority, with support of Township Engineer Dan Jageman and Township Manager Chris Anderson, oversees the township’s portion of the Indiana regional sanitary sewage system, manages the township’s stormwater drainage needs and monitors the impact on these infrastructures by other public sector and private sector development in the township.