The Shipshewana Town Council approved a new recommended rate structure for rental of the Shipshewana Town Center at their Jan. 10 meeting.
The recommendation will bring the rates more in line with other facilities in Northeast Indiana, noted Shipshewana Town Manager Mike Sutter.
For 2013, the rate will be 11.5 to 12 cents per sq. ft. Sutter told the council that there had not been a change in the rates for four or five years. He still felt that the new rates were competitive, pointing out that the Sturges-Young Auditorium in Sturgis, Mich., is at 15 cents per sq. ft. and the coliseum in Ft. Wayne is at 11.25 cents per sq. ft., plus additional setup costs.
Sutter said that the new rates are one way to increase the revenue for the center and to help stabilize its finances. “This is a very valuable resource,” he added.
Contracts that are already signed will be honored at the contracted rate, he said.
In other business:
The council reelected Roger Yoder as president and Nate Yoder was elected vice president. The council welcomed new members Arlene Lazzaro and Elmer Mast.
The council approved an agreement with the LaGrange County Economic Development Corporation for 2013 at a cost of $6,563.
The council approved restoring the Hostetler Hudson Museum floor, to be done while the museum is closed, at a cost of $16,770.
The council approved a recommendation that will hold water, wastewater and stormwater rates at their current levels.