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Jonathan Miano, The Times

WESTVILLE — The LaPorte County League of Women Voters and the LaPorte County Better Government Study Group are co-sponsoring an informational conference on township government from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 18 at the James Dworkin Student Services and Activities Complex at Purdue University Northwest, 1401 U.S. 421.

Deborah Driskell, executive director and legal counsel for the Indiana Township Government Association, will be the keynote speaker.

The conference is designed for township trustees and members of trustee boards as well as anyone interested in or concerned about township government.

Driskell will provide an overview of township government, clarifying essential services, legal requirements and opportunities for gaining efficiency and effectiveness. Other sessions will include an exploration of possible mergers of townships, compliance with public record access, guidance for providing township assistance and election and political campaigning issues for incumbents and potential candidates.

Center Township Trustee Lisa Pierzakowski and Justin Kiel, publisher of The Regional News and Westville Indicator, will also speak.

There will be no cost, but advance registration is required. Those interested in attending may register prior to Nov. 16 by email to the Greater LaPorte Chamber of Commerce at info@lpchamber.com or by telephone at 219-362-3178. For additional information, contact the LaPorte County League of Women Voters, Pat Boy, 219-872-5293 or pat.boy@comcast.net, or LaPorte County Better Government Study Group, Leigh Morris, 219-363-2294 or lmorris@csinet.net.

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