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June 26, 2013

Nappanee board approves Craftsman Village subdivision connection

NAPPANEE — The Nappanee Board of Public Works and Safety on Monday approved a sewer connection for Craftsman Village Subdivision.

Zoning & Planning Administrator Don Lehman explained this is the connection the developer, Tim Saylor, president of Innovative Communities LLC, will need prior to applying for Indiana Department of Environmental Management permits.

Lehman also explained this application was for the sewer main connection along South Jackson Street and as the subdivision is developed, each property will be individually connected. Gale Gerber, water and wastewater superintendent, added that this permit is strictly for Phases 1 and 11.

Saylor brought this plan to the city in 2008. At a meeting then he said he spent most of his time designing subdivisions, including being involved in the Heritage Farms and Blackstone Subdivisions in Nappanee. He said he wanted Craftsman Village to be different — to have a pre-1940s feel and be “family friendly living” with Arts & Crafts style homes. Large front porches are an architectural requirement and the homes will be placed close to the 5-foot-wide sidewalks to encourage neighbors visiting with one another. Antique style streetlights and tree-lined streets with plenty of open space is also part of the plan.

The economic downturn put the project on hold. The developer is ready to get the project going again and received preliminary approval from both the Plan Commission and the City Council. After the meeting, Lehman said the developer is doing it a little bit different than originally planned — instead of developing north to south, he is going to develop south to north with approximately 22 lots. The first phase will have eight lots and the second phase will have lots nine through 22.

The development is within the city limits with Ind. 19 to the west, Jackson Street to the east and Paddlebrook Subdivision to the south. According to Lehman potential homeowners will purchase the lot and home before construction begins. Reliance Construction of Nappanee will be the builder. Lehman said Saylor hopes to have some construction started by this fall.

Soccer complex update

Board member Phil Jenkins, also an administrator for the Nappanee Soccer Club, gave an update on the new soccer field being developed at the new wellfield. He said the grass is green and is being mowed. Jenkins said they are currently working with Northern Indiana Public Service Co. to get electrical service to the test well so they can install an irrigation system.

The Elkhart County Community Foundation gave the soccer club a grant for $35,000 to help put in the irrigation system.

“We’re excited,” Jenkins said.

Street closings approved

The board approved street closings for the Apple Festival. The street closings will be the same as in the past with the addition of Walnut Street from Main Street if needed for special programs. The closings were approved from Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. to Sept. 23 at noon.

Redevelopment & Chamber of Commerce Director Jeff Kitson removed the request to close South Main Street for a block party on Aug. 10, stating that the event will instead be held at Leadership Park and Clark Street where most Second Saturday events take place. The closure of Clark Street and Leadership Park from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. was approved.

In other business, board members:

• Accepted the resignation of emergency medical technician and firefighter Justin Miller, effective June 13.

• Accepted the resignation of EMT Amanda Jacobson, effective June 19. Amanda has been on maternity leave since April 1.

• Approved hiring EMT Larry Yoder effective June 24.

• Approved requests by Elder Haus Director Connie Fink to have John Elliot drive vans on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Steve Hoffer on Tuesday and Thursdays as regular driver is out recuperating. Also approved an increase in pay for Randy Huffman.

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