Utilities Departments

Water – Shipshewana is the water service provider for town and for the surrounding area. Water is supplied by three groundwater wells. The water plant has the capacity to pump 450,000 gallons with a peak demand of 420,000 gallons per day.

In accordance with legal requirements, the town maintains a Wellhead Protection Plan approved by the state. Wellhead Protection Plans were developed by all municipal water providers following passage of the Amendments to the Safe Water Drinking Act in 1986. This Act is a formal policy for protection of the states’ drinking water to avoid any contamination.

Electricity – Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) provides the electrical service for Shipshewana. NIPSCO operates several power plants in Northern Indiana. The majority of the power is fueled by coal and natural gas, and a small amount is provided by hydro-electric power. Some supplemental electricity is also provided by the LaGrange County REMC.

Natural Gas – NIPSCO also provides natural gas service for the Shipshewana area.

Utilities Department Employees

Rodger Owsley

Street Superintendent

Rodger Owsley is the Towns Street Superintendent. He has been with the town for over 5 years. He is tasked with general road maintenance, street light inspection, storm water system, sidewalk and curb repair, leaf pick up, compost site organization , snow and ice removal along with other various task.

Sean Neeley

Wastewater Superintendent

Sean is the Wastewater superintendent, he carries a class 2 Indiana wastewater treatment license. Sean’s responsibilities are laboratory testing and treatment plant maintenance. He also does systems checks and maintenance for all 19 of the towns lift stations. Sean helps with all of the towns building projects.
He is a Scorpio. He loves to read science fiction, and adventure novels. He loves spending time with his dogs. His hobbies are fishing and hiking, building muscle cars, carpentry, scuba diving, fishing, mushroom hunting, restoring old toys and automobile related antiques, fishing, gardening, making homemade salsa, fishing and fishing.

David West

Water Superintendent

David is the Water Superintendent for the Town of Shipshewana. He is in charge of the daily testing at the Water Plant and also the weekly and monthly testing at certain locations in the Town’s Water System. David also reads all the meters every month and can also interrogate the meters when there is questionable usage. His other duties include supporting the other superintendents in their duties as needed.
David is also our Town of Shipshewana “Grill Master”.

Mike Neiman

Mike Neiman

Building/Grounds Superintendent

Mike Neiman is responsible for general maintenance and repairs of all the town of Shipshewana’s buildings and grounds which includes but is not limited to upkeep of the Town’s property and facilities, scheduling inspections and maintaining preventative maintenance needs and identifying unreported damages. His responsibilities also include maintaining heating and air conditioning systems for all Town properties and performing necessary maintenance and repairs when possible to save the Town money and requisitioning outside contractors when needed.
Mike’s job also includes keeping the Town of Shipshewana looking beautiful including maintaining the health, safety, and maintenance of the town parks, playgrounds, ball fields, and the Pumpkin Vine Bike Trail. He keeps the flower beds looking nice by planting, weeding, mulching and maintaining them all summer. Mike makes sure the garbage and litter is always picked up to keep the Town clean.

2020 Summer Help


Omar Flores

Summer Help

Current college student at Trine University. Majoring in Chemical Engineering with a Minor in Bio Processing. I am in a lot of clubs at Trine University. I am a part of the math club, the ski club, the multicultural club, and the study abroad club. I joined these clubs, because of my passion to meet new people. I believe these clubs offer me new experiences that I previously wouldn’t have had if I had not joined. I am also a member of Trines Phi Eta Sigma Freshmen Honor Society, which is given to freshmen who have shown academic excellence in their first semester.


Summer Help

Currently a student at DePauw University. Majoring in Economics and English Writing. Activites include the Management Fellows Program, Basketball Tem and Investment Group. Elijah Graduated from Westview Highschool in 2019. He has worked for the Town of Shipshewana for the past two years.

Kent Yoder

Kent Yoder

Summer Help

This is Kent’s first year working with the Town of Shipshewana. Kent Graduated from Westview High school and is currently attending Huntington University. He is pursuing a major in exercise science and hopes to have a career in exercise physiology.