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April 19, 2013

General Dacey Trail expansion moves forward

Expansion of the General Dacey Trail is moving forward as the Shelbyville City Council approved agreements construction and construction engineering agreements presented at the council meeting Monday night.

The expansion work involves the stretch of the trail coming into Shelbyville from Bruster Hill to Washington Street. The construction agreements are 80 percent federally funded.

Commissioner Fogleman was the lone dissenter to the agreements.

The council approved a request by the Senior Center for a donation from the city to help with utility bills.

“Last year you gave $4,000. We are asking if you can give 3 to 5 percent more,” said Andrew Cichalewski on behalf of the Senior Center. “We got nothing from the State and Federal levels and we expect nothing in the next couple of years.”

He added that the only income for the Center comes from fundraisers and the Senior Center Boutique.

Fogleman moved that the city donate $4200 to the center which was unanimously approved.

Fogleman asked the council to consider expanding what TIF funds could be used for.

“The schools, fire department, and police (department) have special needs,” he said. “I ask that we expand the TIF grant to include them, not necessarily for their buildings, but for equipment.”

“The school sits in the district. The fire station doesn’t sit in the TIF district, but the TIF district sits in the fire district,” he added.

Fogleman noted that Sullivan recently bought a fire truck using TIF funds.

“It’s just something we should look into,” he said.

In other business, Commissioner Jeff Johnson reported that they were still waiting on the engineer’s report regarding the Chautauqua building.

City Engineer Alan Spesard presented the Howell Paving as the lone bidder on the 2013 Motor Fuel Tax maintenance for seal coat oils. Howell Paving bid was $74,000 on an estimated $76,115 maintenance project.

The proposed IMRF Military service credit resolution was tabled for discussion during negotiations.

Commissioner Bill Shoaff shared the Ameren “thank you” to the city departments for their help with the recent gas line break on North Second and Broadway streets. He also reported that hydrant flushing would begin and residents may see water discoloration for a short time.

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