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Shipshewana pledges matching funds for street extension


Plans to extend Morton Street in Shipshewana continue to move ahead with the town council approving to match funds for the project.

The council received an update Thursday evening from developer Alvin Miller, who said that they are working on the assurance bond for the county to get final plat approval so work can begin. However, he needed some confirmation from the town that they would help fund the street project. “We can’t go any further until we know where the street money is coming from,” Miller said.

The county has pledged to use some Major Moves money into it.

The Shipshewana council approved matching the county’s contribution, which is still being discussed.

The board also approved conditions for their involvement, including: approval by the town engineer, ensuring that town funds were available and appropriated, that the area would be subject to annexation, waiver of right of remonstrance for annexation on the remaining portion of the land, and other conditions.

In other business:

It was announced that the Hostetler’s Hudson Museum would be closed for the season beginning January 7, with an opening “celebration” scheduled for April 1, 2013. Large groups can make arrangements to tour the museum.