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Shipshewana holds annexation hearing

The Shipshewana Town Council held a public hearing on the proposed annexation of the Michiana Event Center (MEC) at their Thursday meeting. No one commented either for or against the planned annexation.

The council had a first reading of the annexation ordinance, and will hold a second reading at the December 14 meeting.

As part of an agreement with the town, the MEC signed a waiver of remonstrance for annexation, as well as a consent to annexation. Town attorney Kurt Bachman noted that the MEC has been cooperative partners in the annexation process.

Following publication of the ordinance after the second reading, the MEC property will be part of Shipshewana.

The town is currently working on plans for improvements to Farver St. (CR 200N) in front of the MEC, which are to be completed by November 2018.

In other business:

The town approved the 2018 fire contract and agreement with Newbury Township.

They accepted Region 3-A for the Park Master Plan, at a cost not to exceed $6,000. The master plan will allow the town to seek out grants for park projects.

Dates for the council’s 2018 meetings were approved. They remain the same – the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. in the Roger Yoder Town Council Room.