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Shipshewana beginning water meter upgrades

The Shipshewana Town Council approved the first phase of upgrading the town’s water meters.

The upgrades, which will begin this summer, will allow the town to take water meter reading wirelessly.

The first wave of replacements will be on newer water meters, which will only need to have a part changed out. Older meters will need to be replaced entirely.

It was noted that there is no cost to the homeowner for the change.

The cost for the first 100 to be replaced this year is $17,918. The town has around 400 meters to update.

In other business:

The council authorized town attorney Kurt Bachman to send a cease and desist letter to a property owner adjoining the Pumpkinvine Trail whom the town believes has cut down trees that are on the trail’s easement. The council was told that the property owner has possibly placed a fence and outbuildings on the trail’s property, as well.

The council voted to delay work on the proposed concession stand at the town’s ballpark until this fall due to the conditions at the site, which are preventing a start on the project. The town did not want to have ongoing construction while the facilities were being used.

The board approved $775 to have D’s Seamless Guttering replace damaged gutters on the Wolfe Building and town hall.

A recommendation to begin engineering work on North Street improvements, including core samples, was approved.

The council approved the sale of two dump trucks, pending proper notification.