Making it official

Christina Price

BARODA — The Baroda Township Board on Monday adopted ordinance amendments covering agricultural tourism and commercial and private use of wind energy.

Supervisor Jim Brow said both amendments cover activity never before covered.

The board “is just trying to make it official,” Brow said. “Put it out in writing, and let the people know what is going on.”

Anyone who wants to start any kind of agricultural tourism business, or use wind energy, should check with the township to see what the ordinance amendments require, Brow said.

The township Planning Commission last week held public hearings on the amendments, and voted to recommend approval.

Also Monday, the board appointed Christina Price as the township’s new clerk, effective Jan. 1. This was the last meeting for Wendie Shafer, who has been clerk for more than 17 years.

“The only question I have is, if we have a problem, can we still call you?” Brow asked. “Sure, sure,” Shafer replied.

There will be an open house for Shafer from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 27, with cake, cookies and punch, at the township hall, Brow said.

Shafer is also the board’s representative to the Planning Commission. The board voted to name Treasurer Brenda Troxell as her replacement.

Price, 37, is originally from the Niles area. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business, with a concentration in management, from Indiana Tech in 2010.

Price and her husband, Michael, have one young daughter. Price runs a farmers’ market in Baroda, and helps her husband in his general contracting business.

At the start of the meeting, Officer Jim Howell of the Baroda-Lake Township Police Department told the board that police in November arrested a suspect in downtown Baroda on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

The suspect was inebriated and was wielding a machete, Howell said. “I don’t think a machete and alcohol mix too well,” he told the board.

Police have also had complaints of theft of packages left on porches, Howell added.

In other matters, the board voted to name Brow, Troxell and Price as authorized to sign to get into the township’s safety deposit box.

Troxell said the bank’s list of authorized township personnel included people who haven’t worked for the township for a long time. “Susan Newcomer was still on it, and she hasn’t been treasurer for ages,” she said.

The board agreed to buy a Stihl backpack leaf blower from Mid County Sales for $400, and reappointed David Schultz and Patrick Freehling to new three-year terms on the Planning Commission.

The board will hold a budget workshop in Troxell’s office at 7 p.m., Jan. 9.