Shelbyville Daily Union

December 6, 2013

Reservoir Manor seeks approval for integration program

Valorie Eversole Daily Union Editor
Shelbyville Daily Union

---- — Owners of Reservoir Manor are seeking an amendment to the city’s zoning code to facilitate an integration program.

Property owner David Armbrust and Dennis Headlee of Developmental Planning and Services, located in Mt. Vernon, presented plans Monday night to the Shelbyville City Council to renovate some existing homes into smaller group homes for intellectually handicapped people. This is part of a Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA) program regulated by the Department of Human Services. The program received a combination of federal and state funding. Shelbyville already has multiple CILAs in the city limits.

“These homes would be for about four people in a home,” explained Headlee. He noted that this is part of a new funding initiative from the State of Illinois and has been implemented in nine other towns in southern Illinois.

The program would relocate about half of the 16 clients currently in Reservoir Manor.

“The most common misunderstanding is that we would be relocating prisoners or dangerous individuals into residential areas. This is not so. Our goal is to determine who could effectively return to the community setting,” Armbrust said. He added that there would be 24-hour staffing including a resident manager who aid the clients to function more independently and interact within the community.

“We are not trying to force ourselves into neighborhoods, but to live within the community,” Headlee said.

After listening to the proposal, the City Council suggested that the Zoning Board also hear the proposal and make a recommendation to the council.

City Clerk Carrie Jones presented the tax levy ordinance for the city in the amount of $1,019,890.

The levy reflects an increase over last year’s levy with increases in the police pension fund and library levies. The proposed police pension fund levy is $98.547. She noted that the Department of Insurance recommends the levy at $156,035.

“We’re not required to levy the entire $156,000,” she added.

The increase in the police pension fund is considered due to the number of officers nearing retirement and the pension problems at the state level..

“This will significantly impact the city fund,” Jones said. “I think we need to get as close as we can or we’re going to get farther and farther behind.”

The levy proposal will be voted on at the December 16 city council meeting.

In old business, the council directed city attorney Jack Kiley to give a timeline to the owner of the burned out building on North Morgan to rebuild or sell the building as part of a move to prepare the downtown for the streetscape project.

In old business, Commissioner Thom Schafer reported that the transmission went out on the water department truck which has 190,000 miles on it. A used transmission was put into it, but Schafer reported that they are looking at a newer used truck to replace it.