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Shipshewana to hold public meeting on sewer rates

The Town of Shipshewana is looking at new sewer user rates and will hold a public meeting beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 22, as part of the regular town council meeting.

The town is considering a rate increase of 7.69 percent, the first rate increase since 1999. The council was told the increase will equate to about $2.39 for the average residential user.

In other business:

The town will be having spring cleanup for town residents. The cleanup days will be May 16 and 17 at the town’s compost site. Times are Friday from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Jared Ballou from the Pumpkinvine Café asked the town for permission to put furniture in the pedestrian alley to the south of the café for customers to use, as well as for public seating. The furniture will be furnished by Raber Patio. The café will handle keeping the area clean.

The council approved the emergency purchase of a component for the wastewater treatment plant clarifier. Parts are expected to cost between $20,907 and $22,185, plus installation. The original metal skirting has rusted away. The replacement will be made from a composite material, the council was told.

The council authorized town attorney Kurt Bachman to look at the town’s current code enforcement ordinance and upgrade it as needed as the town looks to have its own officers handle code enforcement issues.

It was announced that the town hall will be closed on Good Friday, April 18.