Renovation of the South Broadway Street parking lot will begin this spring thanks to action by the Shelbyville City Council Tuesday evening.
The renovated parking lot, located south of the downtown minipark, will include stamped concrete resurfacing of the existing lot and former Moose building lot, bike racks, seating, lighting, landscaping, and an extended retaining wall on the east side adjacent to the bank parking lot. A conduit will also be placed for electrical wiring in the lot. When completed, parking will be available for about 50 vehicles.
“This will be in preparation for the streetscape project. We need to update the parking lot,” city engineer Alan Spesard told the council. The streetscape project is expected to begin in 2015.
Estimated cost of the project is $205,000, which, Spesard said, is payable through the business district funds.
Commissioner Brent Fogleman questioned spending that much money out of a fund that had a $285,000 balance. Spesard pointed out that there is about $15,000 per month average income into the account and the payment for the project will also be spread across fiscal years 2014 through 2016.
“There will still be a balance at the end of each fiscal year,” Spesard said.
“I just want to make sure there is enough money in the account to cover all anticipated projects,” Fogleman said.
In other business, the council approved the law enforcement contract with the Army Corps of Engineers, which includes the same number of hours and working conditions will a little more pay.
Commissioner Bill Shoaff reminded residents to let their water drip to help keep meters from freezing. Even with the warmer temperatures, the ground is still frozen, and colder temperatures are expected.
Shoaff also told the council about plans to replace 1-inch water lines with 2-inch lines in three areas of town. No action was taken.
Commissioner Thom Schafer publicly commended the street department on the snow removal work downtown.
The council continues with negotiations on the operating engineers contract.