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Shipshewana renews street sweeping contract

The Shipshewana Town Council approved renewing the contract with Best Sweep to clean the town’s streets every other week.

The Goshen-based company will run two sweepers through town on Sundays, at $104 per hour, from May until leaves begin to fall in the autumn.

Town Manager Mike Sutter told the council that in 2016 the company logged 68.75 hours.

In other business:

A public hearing was held for additional appropriations for the Food and Beverage Tax and town center operating funds. The appropriations are $35,000 to pay for a parking lot extension at the soccer fields and $30,000 for the event center’s utility bills.

The council approved street closures for Mayfest, beginning on Thursday, May 4, along Morton St. for tent setup. Other street closures include the parade route beginning at 9:55 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, Depot and Morton streets for the 3-on-3 basketball tournament, and Main Street in the afternoon for the garden tractor pull.

The council approved Jay Sun as a new cadet with the Shipshewana Police Department. Sun currently attends Howe Military Academy.

The council accepted a bid of $4,800 for a former police vehicle.

An agreement with REMC for $6,442 was approved for three street lights along the east side of the Morton St. extension. The street lights are part of the town’s annexation agreement with the developers.

The council also authorized DLZ to begin working on plans for a water line extension along the east side of SR 5 from Berkshire Drive to US 20. The short section was annexed and water service was part of the agreement. The area already receives sewer service from the town.

A quote of $1,867 was accepted from Quality Fencing to install a two-rail fence around water line infrastructure near the soccer fields east of town. Sutter reported that parts of the water line were being run over by vehicles.

The Shipshewana Corn Maze on North Morton St. will be allowed to install a temporary driveway during its season, using stone at the entrance.

It was announced that hydrant flushing will begin May 22 and run through July 31 on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays.