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Shipshewana reviewing North Street work

The Shipshewana Town Council is reviewing options for improvements to North Street as work on the Morton Street extension continues.

Town Manager Mike Sutter gave council members the costs for various options at Thursday’s meeting, ranging from $90,000 up to $180,000. The lower end estimates would entail milling up to two inches off of the existing surface and repaving with two to three inches of intermediate and a final finish layer. The lowest estimate would be without curbing, while curbing would increase the cost to close to $150,000.

The other estimate includes a thicker layer of intermediate asphalt, which would increase the lifespan of the roadway. The option without curbing would cost between $120,000 and $125,000 and up to $180,000 with curbing.

Sutter told the council that the town has $90,000 set aside for the project.

The council will discuss the project at the next meeting.

In other business:

The council approved the installation cost of new skirting for the clarifier at the town’s waste water treatment plant at $14,500.

The council was given a draft of an ordinance that would address the use of power driven mobility devices on the Pumpkinvine Trail to meet ADA guidelines. “We certainly want people who are physically challenged to use the trail,” Sutter told the council.

The council approved a recommendation for over 100 tons of a special mix of dirt, called “Ball Mix,” at a cost of $2,900 to recover the baseball diamonds.

The council introduced the ordinance for new stormwater rates. A public hearing on the new rates will be at the June 12 meeting at 6 p.m.

The council received a report on fire runs for the month of April: Town of Shipshewana – 8; Clay Twp. – 1; Clearspring Twp. – 1; Eden Twp. – 1; Middlebury – 1; Van Buren Twp. – 9; Newbury Twp. – 20.