Valorie Eversole Daily Union Editor
Shelbyville Daily Union
---- — A new Shelbyville City Council convened Monday evening with one new councilman being seated.
Gib Smart replaces Tim McConnell as a result of the April 9 consolidated election.
Brent Fogleman and Bill Shoaff were reseated to their positions on the council.
Police Chief David Tallman told the board that an anonymous donation of $28,500 was made to specifically purchase a squad car for the department along with emergency equipment and two laptops for the vehicles. Tallman suggested a Ford Interceptor, which is an all-wheel drive car.
“The money has already been deposited in the city’s account. I’m seeking permission to spend that money,” commissioner Fogleman said. He added that no city money will be spent.
The council approved the purchase.
The council approved engineering agreements for the Downtown Streetscape project. The $1.347 million grant was awarded earlier this year for the project. The project is paid 80 percent federal money and 20 percent by the city through TIF funds.
“The TIF district funds have been allocated for the project,” Commissioner Jeff Johnson said.
The agreements approved Massey and Massey and Upchurch and Associates as subcontractors under Shelby Engineering for the job.
The council approved the temporary street closure of North 1st Street between Morgan and Broadway on May 18 for an auction after assurance that the driveup to First Federal would not be blocked until after closing at noon.
The council approved the annexation request by Michael and Carla Canada for property at South Broadway and South 8th Street.
The council approved the release of executive minutes for public inspection for 2011.
In old business, Johnson reported that they were still getting proposals from engineers, but there was nothing to report at this time.
“We hope to know something by the next meeting,” Johnson said.
Save Our Chautauqua organizer Vonda McConnell reported that almost $30,000 has been raised in donations and fundraisers in March and April.
“This is not the big grant money yet, but this is from local support. And not just local, but across the country,” McConnell said.
Commissioner Shoaff reported that work has started on removing and relocating antennas on the west water tower. Commissioner Johnson reported that work on South 5th and Hickory has been delayed because of the rain.
In other action, the council approved the following appointments: Carrie Jones, City Clerk; Becky Pierson, Deputy City Clerk; John Freeman, City Attorney; David Tallman, Chief of Police; Alan Spesard, City Engineer; David Kessler, Building Commissioner.
The council also approved the following Boards and Commissions appointments: Tom Coventry and Mike Canada, Zoning Board of Appeals - 3 year term; Lynn Kearney, Planning and Zoning Commission - 3 year term; Robert Niestradt, Board of Police Commissioners - 3 year term; Sarah Bitzer, Brenda Shoaff, and Marsha Maxedon, Cemetery Board of Managers - 2 year term; Jerry Yockey, Police Pension Fund Board of Trustees - 2 year term.
The Liquor Commission approved the following licenses: Class A - Aultman Enterprises, Inc., Katheryn Zeidler, Iron Keg, LLC, CKW Enterprises, LLC; Class B - NPC International, Inc., Lithia Springs Marina, Inc., Pizza Man, Inc.; Class C - Ramsey and Sanders, Inc.; Class E - American Legion, VFW, Moose; Class F - Pete Vitale, Third Time, Inc., Chapala Mexican Grill, Inc.; Class G - SCCS Ventures, Inc., Class H - Niemann Foods, Inc., Highland Park CVS, LLC, WalMart Stores, Inc.; Class I - Joseph’s Landing LLC, Casey’s Retail Co., FKG Oil Co., Jessie & Richie, Inc.
The council approved the following disposal services licenses: Shelby Disposal, Advance Midwest, Wasson, Matchbox, and Doty Sanitation