By DAVE MARTIN
THE GOSHEN NEWS
SHIPSHEWANA — On Thursday, the Shipshewana Town Council approved two amendments to the town’s parking ordinance.
According to Shipshewana town attorney Kurt Bachman, the changes will take effect by the council’s next meeting on May 9.
The council instituted a no parking provision on both sides of a portion of Berkshire Drive between Ind. 5 and E & S Warehouse. It also hiked the fine for violating no parking signs in Shipshewana from $5 per violation to $50.
For the second time in two weeks, town officials also reminded residents that they must heed the five-minute parking restriction in an area adjacent to Shipshewana’s post office. The zone also is a parallel parking only zone, Town Manager Mike Sutter said.
The council and town Marshal Tom Fitch agreed April 11 that the police department should start handing out tickets to those who violate no parking at the post office, once the fine is raised.
Officials say that the changes in the parking ordinance and the crackdown at the post office are needed to reduce traffic congestion.
Sutter and Fitch continue to study other sticky parking issues raised at the last council meeting, as well.
Audit of Splash Universe
Council members approved Sutter’s recommendation to proceed with an audit of Focus Hospitality Group’s financial books regarding the Splash Universe Water Park in Shipshewana. The audit will cover the last three years of operation.
Sutter told the council that the purpose of the audit would be to ensure that Focus has paid the appropriate amount of user fees to the town as stated in its settlement with the town for allegedly reneging on its contract to manage the former Shipshewana Town Center, now renamed the Shipshewana Event Center.
The council approved a release agreement with the Valparaiso company two weeks ago. The pact, already agreed to by Focus, closes three of its bank accounts earmarked for center operations and releases $1,805 to the town as compensation for the company breaking the management contract.
The council hired J. H. Construction of Shipshewana to complete various repairs and renovations at the Wolfe Building and Shipshewana Town Hall, which are connected under the same roof. At $10,160, the company was the lowest of two bids for the project.
J. H. Construction will repair a leaky roof at the Town Hall entrance, construct a divider wall between the town offices and police department, and install better insulation.