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Shipshewana looking for Major Moves funds for Town Center


The Shipshewana Town Council approved sending a request to the LaGrange County Major Moves committee, seeking funding to assist with the Shipshewana Town Center.

The request will be for $900,000, council president Roger Yoder said at Thursday’s meeting, and will be for work on the center’s HVAC system, exterior signage and the center’s sound system.

Yoder asked for approval of the request to “put it next to another request” the Major Moves committee has received, referring to a request made by the Michiana Event Center for $3.2 million.

Council member Nate Yoder questioned if the numbers in the request had been fully justified prior to making the request.

“This helps the whole community,” Yoder said about the Town Center.

In other business:

The council approved advertising for a facilities/town manager position.

The council also approved getting a part-time employee for the Town Center so that the car museum could be opened again. Volunteers and the town’s receptionist would also be utilized to have the building opens Tuesday through Saturday. Funding for the position would come from the Town Center’s operating fund for the near future, and the position is not to exceed three days per week.

The council accepted the low quote from C&M Asphalt to repave a portion of the alley just north of the former Dad’s Toys building. The repaving will go from SR 5 east 130 feet.

The council asked that legal counsel look at Nappanee’s recently passed golf cart ordinance to see if it could be applied to Shipshewana.

The council approved renewing the town’s insurance policy, which increased 2.5 percent.

The council had a presentation on a GPS utility locator.