Trustees handle vital township duties including local assistance

The job of township trustee has shrunk in recent years, but trustees say the hundreds of people they help with rent or utility bills during a tough time keeps their work relevant.

The elected trustees are responsible for managing each of the county’s nine townships, ranging in size from about 25 to 45 square miles. The work they do includes assisting needy residents with paying for housing or utilities, keeping cemeteries mowed and clean and making sure invasive weeds aren’t spreading.

The economy, housing and needs in Johnson County can vary widely from Greenwood in Pleasant Township to Edinburgh in Blue River Township, and a trustee living in the community can be in tune with those differing needs, trustees said.

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