By DAVE MARTIN
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.