Like static on an old radio, hearing the Shelbyville City Council meeting via Zoom was a strain this time, but business was still conducted. The biggest item was a grant application for TIF funds for the renovated SHS Auditorium.

Mayor Jeff Johnson and Commissioner Martha Firnhaber were present in the council chamber along with City Clerk Rachel Wallace. Commissioners Mark Shanks and Thom Schafer participated remotely, and so did City Attorney Jack Kiley and City Engineer Alan Spesard. Commissioner Debe Wright was absent.

The council had a lot of annual housekeeping items to go through, including liquor license renewals. Then came Item #10, the request to approve a TIF Grant application from the Shelbyville CUSD #4.

The request was for a TIF Grant of $25,000 from the Shelbyville TIF Grant Fund. The plans are to use the funds towards the renovation of the Shelbyville High School Auditorium this summer.

At the April Shelbyville School Board Meeting, the board approved a bid for the auditorium project for $255,961. Private donations had already been raised, totaling $116,000.

The Shelbyville City Council approved the TIF grant of $25,000 to the school district, by a unanimous 4-0 vote. Commissioner Debe Wright was not present.

During new business discussion, City Engineer Alan Spesard announced that the Streetscape Project was beginning work this week. The Streetscape Project is a renovation of downtown Main Street that has been in the works for about 10 years with the state.

The present work will extend from West Washington Street to Broadway Street.

At the last city council meeting, Spesard reported that the COVID-19 crisis had caused delays meeting with the state to proceed.

On Monday, Spesard said that they were finally able to have a “pre-job” meeting. Spesard reported the contractor is beginning work this week. Notice was sent to business owners.

‘The sequence is that they will begin with the south side of Main Street, then proceed to the north side of Main Street,” Spesard said. “They want to get as much work done while business are closed. But we need to remember that the project is expected to take until June of next year.”

Spesard said that they will be putting in a storm sewer outside City Hall and making drainage improvements, then curbs, gutters, and sidewalks up to the buildings. The work will include ramps.

Mark Shanks then reported that the contractor working on the City Hall roof was to start Monday, May 4, but the rain put that off. He will now start on Wednesday.

Spesard said that would not conflict with the Streetscape work on the same side of the street.

The City Council had a request to approve liquor license renewal applications. At the last meeting, the council said they would accept license renewals, but allow the fees to be paid later due to interruption of business under the stay-at-home order in Illinois.

The council, adjourned and went into a Liquor Commission meeting, voting 3-0 with Mark Shanks abstaining. They approved approved the following liquor license renewal applications, 3-0.

Class A: Aultman Enterprises Inc. (Sit ‘N Sip); Katherine Zeideler (The Spigot); The Iron Keg; CWEJ, LLC (The Ville); Lithia Springs Marina

Class B: Pizza Man Inc. (Monical’s Pizza); FG3, LLC (Wilma’s)

Class C: Ramsey & Sanders Inc. (West Main Party House)

Class E: American Legion; VFW; The Moose

Class F: Vitale Family Restaurants Inc (Joe’s Pizza); Third Time Inc (The Longbranch Grill); Chapala Mexican grill; Mi Veracruz Mexican Grill Inc. #2

Class H: Highland Park CVS, LLC; Walmart Stores Inc.

Class I: Marrakech Imports (C&C’s One Stop); Casey’s Retail Company; FKG Oil Company (Motomart); ANR Operating, LLC (Marathon)

The council voted adjourn the liquor commission and to return to the city council meeting, 3-0.

During unfinished business, Commissioner Martha Firnhaber asked about the road conditions of the corner of Hickory Street and 6th Street, near where the new apartment complex will be built.

At the last meeting, more property was annexed into the city in connection with the project. The question Monday was whether the corner of 6th and Hickory is annexed into the city or still in Rose Township.

Spesard said the road next to the property, part of Hickory Street, is now part of the cit, but 6th Street is still in Rose Township.

Commissioner Shanks remarked that there have been questions about opening the pool on schedule this summer. They will have to wait for the state to remove the stay-at-home order, then have some delay certifying lifeguards, as well as other preparations.

Commissioner Schafer asked about hiring summer help. Mayor Johnson suggested saving that discussion until the next meeting.

In other business, the council:

  • Approved the appointment of city official, by a 4-0 vote. The council
  • Approved appointment of the Board and Commission Members, 4-0.
  • Approved the general license renewal applications, 4-0.
  • Approved the release of Executive Session Minutes for Public Inspection for the period of November 1, 2019 through April 30, 2020
  • Approved the destruction of executive session tape recordings prior to November, 2019.

There was no public comment and the meeting was adjourned at 6:27 p.m.

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