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Shipshewana council approves chip sealing project

Two streets in Shipshewana will get the chip sealing treatment from the LaGrange County Highway Department this summer.

The Shipshewana Town Council approved Wolfe and Davis streets to get the gravel coating. Shipshewana Town Manager Mike Sutter told the council that the treatment will add around five years to the life of the streets. He also noted that the town realizes that the process is not popular with some people, but assured the council that the town would work to clean up loose gravel as soon as possible to minimize issues.

Shipshewana Town Council President Roger Yoder recalled when the town did the same thing to a couple of streets previously and the major problems the town had with it, adding that he did not plan to vote for the project. He stated that he preferred any way other than chip sealing.

The council was told that the cost to chip seal the two streets totaled $2,600. Traditional grinding and repaving would cost $12,000 to $16,000 per street.

The board approved the project 4-1, with Yoder voting against the project.

In other business:

The board held a public hearing on the pending annexation of the Miller-King Subdivision north on Morton St. No comments were received and the board later took action to move ahead by introducing the town’s fiscal plan and the annexation ordinance. Approval of the ordinance and fiscal plan are expected to take place on June 13.

Sutter reported that Street Superintendent Dean Gillette has already replaced close to a third of the town’s street signs. Sutter praised Gillette for the great job he has been doing throughout the town.