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Shipshewana delays town manager action

 

The Town of Shipshewana plans to go without a full-time town manager for the moment as the town council weighs its options.

Previous town manager Sheryl Kelly resigned just prior to the council’s March 22 meeting. No reason was given for her resignation, which was accepted at that meeting.

At last Thursday’s meeting, the council decided to wait before they advertise for a replacement for Kelly. Council President Roger Yoder suggested looking at an interim town manager or even a consultant.

“I like the idea of a consultant to see how things operate,” council member Nate Jones added.

“We need to take our time and look at what we really need,” council member Jerry Ankney said.

In other business:

The council wants to look at a part-time employee to be able to have the Hostetler’s Hudson Museum open. The museum remains closed following the departure of the Focus Group management.

The council announced that the town-wide cleanup will be May 18-19. Times will be 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday. The town is also looking at having a trailer available to receive electronic parts through the Northeast Indiana Solid Waste Management District.

Fire Chief Chad Miller asked for approval to use $910 from the department’s gift fund to purchase an ice/water rescue sled. The sled costs $2,611. The department received $1,701 from the LaGrange County REMC to go toward the purchase of the sled.

Miller also announced that the department will have its pancake breakfast fundraiser on April 28.