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Shipshewana sets 2015 fire service numbers

The Shipshewana Town Council approved moving ahead with the proposed 2015 Fire Service Agreement with the town and Newbury, Van Buren and Clay townships.

The proposed agreement was presented Thursday evening with an overall increase of 2.8 percent over 2014. The 2015 estimated budget was listed at $128,300. However, one change was the reduction of the expected revenue from fire service calls, down from $10,000 in 2014 to $5,000 for 2015. The difference will be made up with increases of 7.6 to 7.7 percent between the four partners.

Under the proposal, in 2015 the town and Newbury Township will each cover 40 percent of the budget at $49,320 each; Van Buren Township at 17.5 percent for $21,577.50; and Clay Township with 2.5 percent, $3,082.50.

The department is also looking purchasing new airpacks for firefighters. Town Manager Mike Sutter told the council that all of the partners were aware of this upcoming purchase, which will be divided by the same percentages as the fire service agreement.

In other business:

The council was told that the Morton Street extension would be opening next week with a scratch surface in place.

Sutter reported that 2015 is looking good for the event center, with 33 events already booked for the venue.

The council approved the emergency purchase of a control cabinet for the wastewater treatment plant at $6,132.

The town will be holding its public hearing on the 2015 budget at the next meeting on Thursday, Sept. 11.