The Shipshewana Town Council approved purchasing new street and traffic signs at their Thursday meeting.
Street Superintendent Dean Gillette told the council that new federal rules require all signs to meet the same standards in size and reflectivity. The deadline to bring all signs up to standard is 2015 for traffic control signs (stops signs, yield signs, etc.) and 2018 for all street name signs.
Gillette told the council that he created his own program to inventory and track signs in the town. Various companies had offered to do the same service for up to $10,000.
Gillette asked to go ahead and purchase all of the signs that would need replaced to meet the standards so that he could begin replacing them as needed over the next two years to meet the deadline.
The council approved the purchase for $3,632, pending approval from the state on the 2013 budget.
The board also took time Thursday to recognize outgoing council members Jerry Rice, who served for 12 years, and Jerry Ankney, who served on the council for four years.