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Shipshewana implements burn ban


The Town of Shipshewana has joined the county in instituting a burn ban, effective immediately.

The declaration was passed at Thursday’s town council meeting, and bans open fires, burn barrels, burning trash or brush, and, with certain exemptions, personal fireworks. Grilling on gas and charcoal grills is allowed.

The ban was passed with an open end date, with town council members noting it will remain in effect until conditions improve in the area.

Separate from the burn ban, the council also passed an ordinance that regulates open burning in town. It was noted that, with the town’s compost facility and leaf pickup, there is no real need for residents to have open fires.

In other business:

The council decided to wait until they get an engineering review on a driveway in part of the Berkshire area that filled part of a wetland area. The council was told that the owner would have to notify the Army Corps of Engineers that a small portion, less than 0.1 of an acre, was filled. The council was also told that the ordinance that rezoned the area called for no changes to be made to the wetlands in that area.

The council approved moving ahead with an abatement request from Open Range RV for a new building that will house the company’s customer service offices and service area. The project is expected to add 10-15 jobs at the company.