Wabash Township, Tippecanoe County, Indiana

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Wabash Township
Dawn skies over a West Lafayette neighborhood
Dawn skies over a West Lafayette neighborhood
Location in Tippecanoe County
Location in Tippecanoe County
Coordinates: 40°28′20″N 86°57′15″W / 40.47222°N 86.95417°W / 40.47222; -86.95417Coordinates: 40°28′20″N 86°57′15″W / 40.47222°N 86.95417°W / 40.47222; -86.95417
CountryUnited States
StateIndiana
CountyTippecanoe
Government
 • TypeIndiana township
 • TrusteeVacant
 • Board SecretaryBrendan Betz
 • Board MemberDavid Tate
 • Board ChairAngel Valentin
Area
 • Total49.1 sq mi (127 km2)
 • Land48.65 sq mi (126.0 km2)
 • Water0.46 sq mi (1.2 km2)  0.94%
Elevation659 ft (201 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total59,279
 • Density1,218.5/sq mi (470.5/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
47906
Area code765
GNIS feature ID453967

Wabash Township is one of thirteen townships in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, United States. As of the 2010 census, its population was 59,279 and it contained 21,448 housing units making it the most populous township in Tippecanoe County.[2]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2010 census, the township has a total area of 49.1 square miles (127 km2), of which 48.65 square miles (126.0 km2) (or 99.08%) is land and 0.46 square miles (1.2 km2) (or 0.94%) is water.[2] Wabash Township encompasses all but a small section of the City of West Lafayette and encompasses all of Purdue University making it one of the most culturally diverse townships in the United States.

Climate data for Wabash Township, Tippecanoe County, Indiana
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 69
(21)
73
(23)
86
(30)
89
(32)
94
(34)
105
(41)
105
(41)
100
(38)
98
(37)
92
(33)
78
(26)
73
(23)
105
(41)
Average high °F (°C) 34
(1)
39
(4)
50
(10)
63
(17)
73
(23)
83
(28)
85
(29)
84
(29)
78
(26)
65
(18)
51
(11)
38
(3)
62
(17)
Average low °F (°C) 19
(−7)
23
(−5)
31
(−1)
41
(5)
51
(11)
61
(16)
64
(18)
63
(17)
55
(13)
44
(7)
34
(1)
23
(−5)
42
(6)
Record low °F (°C) −23
(−31)
−20
(−29)
−3
(−19)
7
(−14)
25
(−4)
35
(2)
43
(6)
37
(3)
29
(−2)
19
(−7)
6
(−14)
−16
(−27)
−23
(−31)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 1.86
(47)
1.84
(47)
2.67
(68)
3.54
(90)
4.19
(106)
4.10
(104)
3.97
(101)
3.46
(88)
2.66
(68)
2.89
(73)
2.97
(75)
2.51
(64)
36.66
(931)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 6.5
(17)
4.8
(12)
2.9
(7.4)
0.7
(1.8)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.3
(0.76)
0.8
(2.0)
5.2
(13)
21.2
(54)
Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 9.6 7.7 10.2 10.9 10.6 10.4 8.9 8.4 7.6 8.3 9.8 10.1 112.5
Average snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 5.3 3.3 1.7 0.3 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 0.9 3.5 15.1
Source 1: The Weather Channel (January record high)[3]
Source 2: NOAA: Lafayette[4]

Cities, towns, villages[edit]

Neighborhoods and former and unincorporated communities[edit]

(This list is based on USGS data and may include former settlements.)

Adjacent townships[edit]

Indiana State Soldiers' Home Cemetery

Cemeteries[edit]

The township contains five cemeteries: Grandview, Hebron, Indiana State Soldiers' Home, Sand Ridge and Tippecanoe Memory Gardens.

Major highways[edit]

Airports[edit]

Purdue University Airport

Lakes[edit]

Landmarks[edit]

News and Media[edit]

School districts[edit]

Political districts[edit]

Township Officials[edit]

Township Trustee[edit]

  • Angel Valentin

Township Board[edit]

  • Brendan Betz
  • David Tate
  • Vacant (pending Democratic caucus to fill position vacated by Angel Valentin)

Trustee Teising's Residency Violation and Criminal Conviction[edit]

Jennifer Teising, running as a Democrat, was elected to a four-year term as township Trustee in the 2018 general election. Almost immediately upon taking office, she replaced the existing fire chief.[7] She then spearheaded an effort to take a series of emergency loans, funded by increased property taxes, in order to fund fire department improvements including the hiring of additional firefighters and the provision of benefits to paid fire department staff.[8] Teising failed to gain public support for her plan to gain long-term funding for the fire department improvements, and instead, in a series of moves that were opposed by the township advisory board, fired the Fire Chief for alleged subordination and the township's three full-time firefighters due to lack of funding, leaving much of the emergency loan money unspent.[9]

Public records showed that in early 2020, Teising sold her home and updated her voter registration to reflect a primary residency at an address elsewhere within the township.[10] A investigative report by the local newspaper in December 2020 found that after the sale of her house, Teising had spent substantial time outside the township, and at the time of the investigation was living at an RV park in Florida.[10]

On January 29, 2021, Indiana State Police served a search warrant on the Trustee's office,[11] and Teising later revealed she was being investigated for violating the residency requirement of her elected office.[12] On May 12, 2021, a grand jury indicted Teising on 20 felony counts of theft for continuing to draw paychecks without meeting the residency requirement of the position from June 17, 2020, through March 26, 2021.[13] A grand jury later indicted Teising on an additional felony charge of theft for allegedly improperly continuing to draw a paycheck during the period of April through June 2021.[14] She denied the allegations and revealed plans to sue Prosecutor Harrington for malicious prosecution.[15] After motions by the defense that a special prosecutor be assigned and that the trial be moved outside the county were denied, Teising waived her right to jury trial, citing a lack of confidence in being able to seat an impartial jury in Tippecanoe County.

Trustee Teising's bench trial was held from Dec 13, 2021 to Dec 15, 2021 with Judge Kristen McVey presiding. The prosecution presented evidence that during the 10 months in question, Teising stayed overnight in the township just 27 nights, and that she had packages delivered, paid utilities, and signed a 6-month rental agreement at addresses outside the township. Multiple witnesses testified that in early 2020, Teising had revealed plans to leave office prior to the end of her elected term and move to Florida. The defense argued that although Teising traveled extensively outside the township, including extended stays in Florida, she maintained a legal residence in the township at the address of a former boyfriend. On January 5, 2022, Judge McVey convicted Teising on all 21 felony counts of theft, citing a failure by Teising to "make her true, permanent, and fixed home in Wabash Township" and her actions that "evince[d] a desire to conceal her actual whereabouts."[16] As dictated by state law, the felony conviction resulted in the trustee's immediate removal from office. She was later sentenced to 124 days in jail, 124 days in community detention, and 2.5 years in probation, and was ordered to pay restitution for the illegal paychecks.[17] The combined 248 days of detention corresponded to the 248 days she was ruled to have lived outside the township.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved 2017-05-09.
  2. ^ a b "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County -- County Subdivision and Place -- 2010 Census Summary File 1". United States Census. Archived from the original on 2020-02-12. Retrieved 2013-05-10.
  3. ^ "Monthly Averages for Lafayette, IN (47905)". The Weather Channel. Retrieved June 13, 2014.
  4. ^ "Climatology of the United States No. 20: LAFAYETTE 8 S, IN 1971–2000" (PDF). National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved November 19, 2011.
  5. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  6. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 12/17/12 through 12/21/12. National Park Service. 2012-12-28.
  7. ^ "Wabash Township Fire Department loses chief".
  8. ^ "Wabash Township looking into emergency loan that may raise taxes".
  9. ^ "Journal and Courier".
  10. ^ a b "Journal and Courier".
  11. ^ "Wabash Township Board votes no confidence in Trustee Jennifer Teising".
  12. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Wabash Township Trustee talks the state investigation into her residency".
  13. ^ "Wabash Township trustee indicted on 20 counts of theft".
  14. ^ "Grand Jury Indicts Teising, Again, on Theft Charge".
  15. ^ "City Councilor calls for Jennifer Teising's resignation, Teising planning to sue prosecutor".
  16. ^ Wilkins, Ron. "Trustee Teising guilty of 21 counts of theft". Journal and Courier. Retrieved 2022-03-07.
  17. ^ Wilkins, Ron. "Teising sentenced to 124 days in jail, 124 on community corrections, 847 days suspended". Journal and Courier. Retrieved 2022-03-07.

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