Goshen News, Goshen, IN

August 24, 2013

Shipshewana Council signs paperwork to avoid project delay

Contractor did not secure required bond or insurance in time for council meeting.

By DAVE MARTIN
CORRESPONDENT

SHIPSHEWANA — Due to missing paperwork from the contractor, the Shipshewana Town Council approved a special motion Thursday in order to avoid delaying the start of the proposed Morton Street extension construction project in Shipshewana until the next council meeting at 6 p.m. Sept. 12.

Town Manager Mike Sutter told council members that Square One Builders of Shipshewana did not secure the required performance bond or insurance certificate in time for the council to sign a contract Thursday and a notice to proceed with construction with Square One.

Therefore, the council voted to allow members to sign the contract and notice without a council meeting. It is expected that the contractor will complete the necessary paperwork within a few days.

Square One was awarded the street construction contract two weeks ago for $248,738.

The project will extend historic Morton Street northward to North Village Drive through the proposed 56.8-acre Miller-King subdivision, zoned business-2. Developers Alvin Miller and Levi King plan to build a business park in the subdivision, and the council plans to eventually annex the parcel.  

Shipshewana and LaGrange County will each contribute a matching amount up to $200,000 toward the project.  

Bonds on event center

The council also ratified and affirmed a bond resolution approved by the Shipshewana Redevelopment Authority earlier in the day to authorize the issuance of bonds to re-finance up to $2,752,000 of the balance on a 2006 loan to construct the Shipshewana Event Center.

Another $790,000 is owed on the construction, but the town will pay off the remainder with existing town funds when the bonds are re-financed until 2030, according to town Attorney Kurt Bachman.

The council also decided to sign a notice of waiver of the right to remonstrate prepared by the Miller-Eash Group of Shipshewana for three parcels of property located behind Eash Sales on Ind. 5 in Shipshewana.  Sutter said that the group agreed to the waiver in order to receive a connection to the municipal sanitary sewer if the property is annexed.

He said that Miller-Eash plans to build on the property at an undetermined time, but he does not know what type of facility.

The council will hold a special meeting at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 12 to open bids for construction of a concession stand and will hold a public hearing on the proposed 2014 town budget at its regular meeting that evening.