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April 14, 2012

Shipshe may not hire new town manager

SHIPSHEWANA — In the wake of the recent resignation of Town Manager Sheryl Kelly, the Shipshewana Town Council has elected to reassess the need for and role of a town manager in Shipshewana.  

By consensus Thursday, council members decided to search for an interim replacement for Kelly or to use a temporary consultant to fill the town manager role for now.  

No action was taken to advertise for a permanent replacement for Kelly, who only served about 16 months in the position. She verbally resigned at a closed session minutes before the council’s last regular meeting on March 22. Kelly reportedly resigned to pursue other employment, but the council accepted her resignation contingent upon finalizing a severance agreement with her.

Council president Roger Yoder was the first official Thursday to suggest holding off for awhile on advertising for someone to permanently fill the town manager position and to instead hire either an interim town manager or a temporary consultant. All four other council members went on record as agreeing with Yoder.

Council member Nathan Jones proposed waiting to see how things turn out during the proposed transition period to determine what tasks that a town manager is needed for in Shipshewana.  

The town functioned without a town manager until about the turn of this century, with Yoder performing many of the duties as council president that a town manager would normally do and council members picking up the rest of the slack.

In other business Thursday, the council set townwide cleanup for May 18 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and May 19 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. It also opted to ask residents for donations for dropping off electronic equipment, such as old computers, because the local solid waste district will charge for bringing a special trailer to Shipshewana for disposal of electronic items.

Council members approved the purchase by the fire department of a sled for $2,611 that can be used for ice and water rescues. Shipshewana received a $1,701 grant for the purchase.

By consensus, the council decided to check with a person who may be interested in reopening and managing the Hudson Car Museum in Shipshewana. Councilman Jerry Rice said that he hopes that the museum can be open on a part-time basis for four days per week.

LaGrange County Economic Development Corp. Director Keith Gillenwater announced that a manufacturers’ roundtable is planned for the county this June, and a state cabinet level official will attend.

A pancake breakfast will be held from 6 to 10 a.m. April 28 at the Shipshewana Volunteer Fire Department.

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