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Utility district delaying Shipshewana West project funding


The LaGrange County Regional Utility District ratified a letter to Indiana Rural Development requesting a delay on closing on the funding for the Shipshewana West sewer project.

The district’s legal counsel, John Gastineau, told the board that he had discussed delaying the closing with Rural Development as the district waits to see what effect legislation that is going through the General Assembly might have on the project.

Gastineau recommended postponing the closing until early to mid-March, when any changes to laws governing utility districts should be known. He pointed out that a lower interest rate through Rural Development expires at the end of March.

The board was told that the contractor, Niblock Construction, is working with the district to honor their low bid.

In other business:

The district received a report from Wightman Petrie Engineer Ken Jones on planned upgrades to the White Pigeon collection system that serves Fish and Stone lakes in northwestern LaGrange County. The $2.9 million project will see improvements to the collection system and two lift stations that serve those lakes. Jones told the board that customers in LaGrange County would share a proportional amount of the costs.

The system serves 242 customers in Indiana and 1,663 throughout the system.

Prairie Heights Superintendent Alan Middleton told the board that Milford Elementary will be leased out to the Northeast Indiana Special Education Cooperative beginning in July. The board approved a change in billing based on the estimated occupancy beginning Aug. 1.

The board approved a request to move the March meeting back one week to March 21, at 6 p.m. at the district’s office.