2020-21 Benton County Fact Book

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Benton County


Fact Book

A Special Publication of Kankakee Valley Publishing

INDEX County Government

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Community School

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Earl Park

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enton County was formed in 1840 and is situated in North West Indiana on the Illinois State Line about half way between Indianapolis and Chicago. Benton County is steeped with rich history that includes: being known as one of Indiana’s top agriculture communities, being known as the home of Dan Patch, Famous World Champion Harness Horse and now being known as the home of Indiana’s First Wind Farm. While nearly 35% of its population resides in the rural areas of the 11 townships, the remaining residents of the community live within six incorporated towns.

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hen I first came to be the Economic Development Director in April 2016, Benton County already had a good start on reinventing itself. I found the elected officials are dedicated to growing the business base of the county. In 2007 Benton County started construction of Indiana’s first wind farm. Being the leader in bringing this renewable energy to our state gives Benton County a great sense of pride. Being a very rural community with a 94% agriculture footprint and a hometown attitude, Benton County is the perfect community to start or expand a business, and raise a family. With a desire to grow its agriculture roots, lower tax base, prime business sites, quality school system, and a small hometown atmosphere we are eager to show off our assets. We encourage everyone to come and visit the majestic beauty of the Benton County wind farms. You will be impressed with the Friendly people of our community. Feel free to stop by and ask questions or take a tour. We look forward to meeting you.

Benton County Economic Development

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Paul Jackson

Director Benton County Economic Development

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Whether you are new to Benton County or not, let us help you locate the business resources you need to succeed. We offer assistance for new businesses, as well as Retention and Expansion of existing ones. Contact us at: Economic Development Director – Paul Jackson Located in the Benton County Courthouse 706 E. 5th St., Suite 11, Fowler, IN 47944 (765) 884-2080 pjackson@bentoncounty.in.gov Page 3

County Government Assessor

Circuit Court

Kelly Balensiefer assessor@bentoncounty.in.gov 706 E 5th Street; Suite 23 Fowler, IN 47944 PHONE:(765) 884-1205 FAX: (765) 884-2074

Honorable Judge Rex Kepner Court Administrators Kathy Freeman Teresa Molter PHONE: (765) 884-0370 FAX: (765) 884-2027 706 E. 5th Street Fowler, IN 47944


Audrey Freeland afreeland@bentoncounty.in.gov 706 E 5th Street; Suite 21 Fowler, IN 47944 PHONE: (765) 884-0760 FAX: (765) 884-2075


Building Commissioner

Matt Hull 706 E 5th Street Fowler, IN 47944 PHONE: (765) 585-4065

Dr. Kyle O. Sheets Dr. Robin D. Sheets

Natalie Kidd nkidd@bentoncounty.in.gov 706 E 5th Street; Suite 37 Fowler, IN 47944 PHONE: (765) 884-0930 FAX: (765) 884-0322


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County Government Coroner

Matthew Rosenbarger 905 S Park Ave (765) 884-0080 benton.coroner@yahoo.com

County Council

(765) 884-0760 ext. 1 (auditor’s office) 706 E 5th Street Fowler, IN 47944 Council Members DIST I Angela Glotzbach (765) 543-9869 amglotzbach@gmail.com DIST II Robert D. Sloniger (765) 363-2513 slonny79@yahoo.com


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DIST III Brad Harman (765) 307-1633 brad_harman@hotmail.com DIST IV James K. Schoen (765) 385-5339 jschoen@hoosierassociates.com

COUNCIL AT-LARGE Bruce Buchanan (765) 385-5147 bruce@buchananfarms.us John (Jack) Duncan (765) 884-0405 froggy@localline.com Brent Cox 317-431-0646 brent.cox@wilsontrailer.com

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County Government Recorder

Prosecuting Attorney

Jane Turner jturner@bentoncounty.in.gov 706 E 5th Street; Suite 24 Fowler, IN 47944 PHONE: (765) 884-1630 FAX: (765) 884-2013

John Wright John@dumasweist.com P.O Box 101 Fowler, IN 47944 Phone: (765) 884-1399 Fax: (765) 885-5111

Don Munson don_munson@sbcglobal.net 105 S Lincoln Avenue Fowler, IN 47944 PHONE: (765) 884-0080 FAX: (765) 884-12022 EMERGENCY: 911

Mike Budreau 1101 E. Lingle Ave Fowler, IN 47944 Phone: (765) 884-0420 Fax: (765) 884-2020

Dave Fisher dfisher@bentoncounty.in.gov 706 E 5th Street; Suite 17 Fowler, IN 47944 PHONE: (765) 884-0095 FAX: (765) 884-2010

Kathy Sarault ksarault@bentoncounty.in.gov 706 E. 5th St. Suite 12 Fowler, IN 47944 Phone: (765) 884-1728 Fax: 765) 884-2072



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County Administrator, Sanitarian & Vital Records

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County Government Director of Homalnd Security & BEMA

Jason Fisher emsdirector@bentoncounty.in.gov 604 E. 2nd St. Suite B Fowler IN 47944 Phone: (765) 884-1359

Waste-Recycling Coordinator

Liz Fisher 1101 E. Lingle St. Phone: (765) 884-0420 Fowler IN 47944

Soil &Water Conservation District

109 S. Grant Ave Suite B Fowler IN 47944 Phone: (765) 884-1090

Veterans Officer

Dennis Goodman 706 E. 5th St. Fowler IN 47944 Phone: (765) 884-1831 Fax: (765) 884-2013

Retirement Village

Carrie Smith csmith@bentoncounty.in.gov 3639 E. 200 S. Oxford IN 47971 Phone: (765) 884-0589

Director of Economic Development

Paul Jackson pjackson@bentoncounty.in.gov 706 E. 5th St. Fowler IN 47944 Phone: (765) 884-2080

Benton County Extension Office

Officer: Kelsie Muller 410 S. Adeway Fowler IN 47944 Phone: (765) 884-0140 Fax: (765) 884-0574

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CONRAD AGENCY Established 1921

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Community Schools Benton Community School Corporation

School Corporation Office Superintendent: Gregg Hoover email: ghoover@benton.k12.in.us (765) 884-0850 405 S Grant Avenue Fowler, IN 47944 www.benton.k12.in.us Benton Central Jr.-Sr. High School (765) 884-1600 4241 East 300 South Oxford, IN 47971 Boswell Elementary

(765) 869-5523 414 W Main Street Boswell, IN 47921

Otterbein Elementary (765) 583-4401 111 W Oxford Street PO Box 368 Otterbein, IN 47970 Prairie Crossing Elementary (765) 884-3000 2758 South 400 East Oxford, IN 47971 Website: pce.benton.k12.in.us

Sacred Heart Catholic School

607 N Washington Ave. Fowler, IN 47944 website: www.sacredheartschoolfowler. org




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Located in Hickory Grove Township in the southwest corner of Benton County, Ambia is a small town that over 200 people call home. Founded in February of 1875 by Ezekiel and Marietta Talbot, the Town is named for their daughter, Ambia Talbot. Youth in Ambia attend Boswell Elementary School and Benton Central High School. Despite its size, Ambia is still home to two churches, a post office, and multiple businesses. In addition, there is a newly renovated public playground and the Ambia Alumni Monument Park for a nice walk.

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Long known as the Hub of the Universe, Boswell is located along US Highway 41 in southern Benton County. The Town of Boswell was founded in 1872 by Parnaham Boswell. Nearly 800 people call this small town home in Grant Township. Boswell has many advantages to offer any family or business considering a move. The town offers the ideal access to education and information with a fully accredited school system and a beautifully restored Carnegie library. A new park complements the other fine recreational and picnic areas. The Boswell utility system is second to none with plenty of capacity for expansion for business or new residences. Youth in Boswell attend Boswell Elementary School and Benton Central High School.

Boswell Clerk-Treasurer

Town Council

Water Superintendent & Town Maintenance

Alan Brost (765) 869-5636

Fire Chief - Dan Dodge

Phone: (765) 761-8433

Donna Musenbrock Phone: (765) 869-5951 Fax: (765) 869-4542 clerk@townofboswell.com 108A East Main St. P.O. Box 617 Boswell, IN 47921

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Boswell Town Council Fire Chief - Ryan Gillen

Phone: (765) 869-5049

Town Marshall - Kevin McCombs

Phone: 765-869-5951

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Town of Earl Park Phil McGinnis Ricky Yates Jr. Marty Lewis

Earl Park Town Council Town Clerk Treasurer

Kristen Hardebeck (219) 474-6108 khardebeck@benton.k12.in.us P.O. Box 67, Earl Park, IN 47942

Fire Chief

Troy Strasburger (765) 376-7503

Town of Oxford Oxford Clerk-Treasurer

Christie Hale 105 S Howard Street; PO Box 54, Oxford, IN 47971 Phone: (765) 385-2150 Oxfordct@sbcglobal.net Randy Jones Russell Hoaks Tina Coffman Justin Brummett James Deckard

Oxford Town Council

Jeremie Boehle, Chief Phone: (765) 385-2525

Town of Fowler Linda Brouillette Patrick Claire Steve Sorenson Jason Fisher Michael Sanders

Fowler Clerk-Treasurer

Cindy Gretencord (765) 884-0570 clerk@townoffowler.com 307 E Fifth St. Fowler, IN 47944

Fowler Police Department

Chief Lee Klemme (765) 884-0450

Bill Burton, Chief (765) 884-8011 1205 SE 13th Street Fowler, IN 47944 Nate Besse (765) 884-1850

Fire Chief

Fowler Town Council

John Budreau (765) 884-0680

Fire Chief


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Town of Otterbein Ron Shoup

403-510 South Old US 41 Boswell, IN 47921

Town Administrator

Otterbein Clerk-Treasurer

Treeva Sarles 104 E. 2nd Street; P.O. Box 215, Otterbein, IN 4970 765-583-0089 clerk@otterbein.in.gov Kevin Burk Amy Brown Doyle Allison Jackey Apache Rick Hadley

Town Council

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