Goshen News, Goshen, IN

June 29, 2013

Shipshe town council hears about streets bids


— SHIPSHEWANA — The Town Council voted Thursday to advertise for bids for construction of streets and installation of storm water drains in the proposed Miller-King Development. The bids will be advertised locally Monday and July 8, according to Town Manager Mike Sutter.

The Miller-King Subdivision will be located just north of the Town Hall on North Morton Street in Shipshewana.

On May 23, the council held the public hearing on the proposed commercial development and   introduced an ordinance to annex the Miller-King Subdivision, where the development will be located, and a resolution to adopt a fiscal plan for the property. Approval of the fiscal plan was tabled Thursday, Sutter said.

The subdivision consists of 56.8-acres and is zoned business-2.

Developers Alvin Miller and Levi King plan to develop a business park on the property. A greenhouse has already been constructed there, and the development will receive town utilities in exchange for Miller and King not remonstrating against annexation.

The council also approved the certification of zoning amendments proposed by the LaGrange County Planning Commission and the county commission. Approval of the certification is the final step for the town of Shipshewana, although the county needs to complete a few steps, Sutter said.

He said that the amendments will speed up the process of applying for building permits in LaGrange County.

Council members directed Sutter to cooperate with the Shipshewana Historical Society to finalize a building license agreement for the former Farver Schoolhouse building. The proposed agreement would extend the society’s lease on the building and lower the cost of its lease.  

The final agreement may be approved in a few weeks.

  Darcy Conrad was appointed to the Shipshewana Park Board, pending approval from the Westview school board.

The Shipshewana town manager was tentatively provided with a good personnel evaluation by the council Thursday, but it will be discussed in greater detail at the next council meeting at 6 p.m. July 11, Sutter said.

A 2014 budget work session for the council was scheduled for 3 p.m. July 18.

It was announced that water hydrants in Shipshewana will be flushed periodically on an undetermined schedule throughout next month.