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Street projects ahead for Shipshewana

 

The Shipshewana Town Council received estimates for two proposed street projects at their Thursday evening meeting.

The first project is the extension of Morton St. north to North Village Dr. The proposed street extension is part of a development that is proposed for the land between North St. and North Village Dr. by Alvin Miller and Levi King.

DLZ Engineer Casey Erwin told the council that the Morton St. addition would cost around $82,000, with another $25,000 to $30,000 for curb and gutter work.

Miller told the council that he and King are waiting to see what kind of support they get from the county and the town, along with other financing before they have a start date. “We’re ready to move ahead as soon as we can,” he added. Miller did say that they would like to move dirt in the fall and be ready to pave in the spring.

Part of the planning includes annexation of the property being developed.

The other project is work around the restroom at the corner of Morton and Main streets. The plans calls for milling and resurfacing Morton St. between Depot and Main streets, as well as storm sewer work around the corner. Work on the sidewalk around the area would also be included.

Erwin told the council that the estimated cost for that work would be around $70,000. Council President Roger Yoder noted that the town will likely wait until spring before tackling that project.

In other business:

The council approved an additional $5,548 for street repairs.

Dean Gillette was approved as the street superintendent.

Resident Edna Hostetler told the council that her mother had fallen while riding on a town street that had been chip-sealed recently. Her mother was recovering from the fall, she said, but she intended to present the town with the bill.

There was some confusion on the council as to how many streets had been approached to be chip-sealed. Council member Nate Jones said that they had received a number of complaints about the street work, as well as complaints from residents who wanted their streets done, too.