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Town Center events to continue; museum closed for 3 months

Following the departure of the Focus Hospitality Group, LLC, on December 12, from managing the Shipshewana Town Center, the Town of Shipshewana stepped in to continue to keep the facility open and to honor event contracts.

At a special meeting Wednesday, the Shipshewana Town Council approved working with Riegsecker Marketplace to pay the former employees for work they did, approximately 100 hours, since Dec. 12 on those events. Riegsecker Marketplace will submit an invoice for the amount, not to exceed $2,500, to the town shortly after the first of the year for the wages paid.

The council will revisit the situation of using former employees and how to pay for their work at the Dec. 29 council meeting.

The council was told that a total of six events are scheduled for January, and that the town is working to confirm contracts and will make arrangements to make sure those events go ahead as planned.

The council also voted to close the Hostetler’s Hudson Museum from Jan. 1 to April 1 in order to reduce costs associated with the museum as the town seeks to reorganize the Town Center management (see related story). The museum may be open for special events and appointments.

The board also approved a total of $9,588 in invoices received since Dec. 12, with $8,000 coming from the town’s Riverboat fund and the remainder from the town’s EDIT fund.