The Shipshewana Town Council is a five-member council. The council members serve four year terms, which are staggered. Town Council members may serve multiple terms; there are no term limits.
Tad HiteCouncil Member
Arlene served on the council previously beginning in 1982 and served as council president from 1984 – 1990, and then returned to the council in 2012 and is currently serving as the vice president. She has lived in Shipshewana since 1972, and taught second grade at Shipshewana Scott Elementary for 21 years. Arlene has also been happily married to her husband Carl for 56 years. Over the years she has also served as president of the Park Board and served on the Storm Water Board at different times.
Lynn BontragerCouncil Member
Lynn Bontrager is in her second term on the Council. She has lived in the Shipshewana are for 36 years. Ten years ago she and her husband moved inside the town limits and in 2010 she ran for town council and secured her place on the board. She has worked in Shipshewana for the majority of that time. She is the former owner of Morton Street Coffee.
She is a liason to the Park Board and serves on the Redevelopment Authority. She also serves on the Pumpkinvine Advisory Committee which is comprised of individuals from Elkhart, Goshen, Middlebury, and Shipshewana that meet monthly in regards to policy, improvements, etc. on the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail (rails to trails) path.
J. Mike WilcherCouncil Member
Bio for Mike
Elmer MastVice President
Elmer has lived in LaGrange County all his life. Elmer and his wife, Kassie, have lived in Shipshewana since 2002. He is employed by Jayco in Middlebury, and is eager to serve his community.
TOWN COUNCIL MEETING OCTOBER 26, 2017 6:00 P.M. ROGER D. YODER COUNCIL ROOM SHIPSHEWANA TOWN HALL 345 N MORTON STREET SHIPSHEWANA, IN 46565 PRESENT: Council; C. Arlene Lazzaro, Elmer J. Mast, J. Mike Wilcher, [...]
TOWN COUNCIL MEETING OCTOBER 12, 2017 6:00 P.M. SHIPSHEWANA TOWN HALL Roger D. Yoder Council Room 345 N. Morton Street Shipshewana, IN 46565 PRESENT: Council; C. Arlene Lazzaro, Elmer J. Mast, J. Mike Wilcher, [...]
SHIPSHEWANA CAR MUSEUM, INC. SPECIAL TOWN COUNCIL MEETING JUNE 22, 2017 4:00 P.M. SHIPSHEWANA TOWN HALL ROGER D. YODER COUNCIL ROOM 345 N. MORTON STREET SHIPSHEWANA, IN 46565 PRESENT: Board of Directors: C. [...]
SHIPSHEWANA TOWN COUNCIL JUNE 22, 2017 6:00 P.M. SHIPSHEWANA TOWN HALL ROGER D. YODER COUNCIL ROOM 345 N MORTON STREET SHIPSHEWANA, IN 46565 PRESENT: Council; C. Arlene Lazzaro, J. Mike Wilcher, Elmer J. Mast, [...]