Valorie Eversole Daily Union Editor
Shelbyville Daily Union
---- — Shelbyville City Council approved plans for Scarecrow Daze and agreements for projects in addition to hearing the Chautauqua committee plans last week.
Brenda Elder presented a request for temporary street closures during the Scarecrow Daze activities October 11, 12, and 13. Those streets include Washington Street west of the Courthouse, one-half block of South Broadway, and North First Street between Washington and Morgan and Broadway and Walnut.
The request was approved.
City engineer Alan Spesard presented a grant application for the transportation enhancement program regarding the bike trail phases 8 and 9.
Phase 8 includes Route 16 and Washington, north to First Street, then north on Morgan. The work includes sidewalks and drainage improvement on Morgan Street.
“There will be widening of Morgan Street to maintain the parking and have a bike path,” Spesard said. He said the street will be widened 8 feet.
Estimated cost of the program is $1.29 million with 80 percent paid through the federal grant and 20 percent through city funds. The work will becompliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
“I suggest that money from the TIF and Business District be used for our portion,” Spesard said.
Spesard said the a Resolution of Support and a Local Assurance Agreement to prove the city’s share of the matching funds.
Mayor Jeff Johnson said that projections of the TIF funds would support the project.
“We come this far (on the trail), I’d hate to see it stopped,” said Commissioner Gib Smart.
The council approved the resolution and the local assurance agreement.
The council also approved an amended Neighborhood Vehicle Ordinance banning the use of neighborhood vehicles on Corps property.
“The vehicles must have tags and plates to be allowed on the property,” said city attorney Jack Kiley.
Under old business, Commissioner Bill Shoaff reported that the water line on North Sixth Street has been repaired and the flow meters have been repaired and new ones have been installed. He added that insurance covered the lightning strike on the flow meters.
Commissioner Brent Fogleman reported that negotiations with the Fraternal Order of Police was “going smoothly.”
In new business, Commissioner Smart reported that gutters on the Scout Cabin in Forest Park and a ruptured water pipe have been repaired.
He also reported that goose problem at the lagoon is growing and that other efforts to control it have been unsuccessful. The foliage around the lagoon will be allowed to grow which will discourage the geese.
Smart also suggested that the lagoon island be blocked off to the public because of the geese problem. He also commented on the condition of the water in the lagoon and was having the water checked.
“We are trying to get things cleaned up,” Smart said.
Smart also told the council that he is looking to sell the Santa house that used to be in the downtown mini-park. If it cannot be sold, it will be destroyed. Commission Bill Shoaff said he remembered the house was built in 1963 by the high school shop class.
Commissioner Shoaff said that a new tornado siren could be purchased to attach to the 60-foot pole on the west water tower. The siren would be a rotating siren that could be heard in a 6000 foot radius. Cost for the siren is $18,857.
“It’s the best warning system for the money,” Shoaff said. He suggested the money be taken from the water department account.
Commissioner Thom Schafer presented a request from the First Presbyterian Church for two designated handicap spots on Chestnut Street.
“This would help them come closer to ADA compliance,” Schafer said.