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Shipshewana council approves police department requests

The Shipshewana Town Council took action on three recommendations brought by Shipshewana Town Marshal Tom Fitch at Thursday’s meeting.

First up was a request to purchase rifle ammunition. Fitch told the council that currently it can take up to 14 months to receive ammunition after it is ordered. His request was for 20 cases, with a total cost of $4,014.20, subject to appropriation. Fitch noted that the purchase would actually be included in a future budget, with the ammunition possibly shipping in late 2014.

The ammunition is used to keep officers certified as well as for practice prior to certification.

The police department was also approved to move ahead with the purchase of equipment for the new cruiser. To get the best prices, Fitch told the council he split the list of lights and other equipment between companies. The total approved was $8,349.71 for lights, radar, radio, decals, camera and installation. The town had budgeted $10,000 for equipment.

The council also approved the department’s request to sell a 2004 Dodge Intrepid police car. The car will be sold through a sealed bid process at a future council meeting.

In other business:

The council authorized town attorney Kurt Bachman to move forward with the process to refinance the revenue bond for the event center. Originally, the town had a $4.1 million bond. Through refinancing, the bond will be reduced to around $2.1 million, giving the town better debt service and shortening the bond by as much as six years.

The council approved renewing the town’s insurance policy. The new policy saw a decrease of around $13,000 after agent Brent Hoober shopped the town’s policy around to different providers.

The council approved use agreements with Topeka Softball and for a soccer summer shootout.

The council also approved construction projects for Homer Lambright, Harley Lambright and Eash Sales.

The fiscal plan for the Miller/King development, approval of the annexation ordinance and the parking ordinance revisions were all tabled.