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Commissioners approve applying for emergency grant

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com

The county’s emergency management director will be submitting an important grant to the state, following approval by the Shelby County Commissioners.

Meeting Tuesday because of the Columbus Day holiday on Monday, the commissioners approved a request by director Ryan Hansome to seek a $33,597 Performance Grant from the state.

“It’s for salary,” he said.

The funding comes from the federal Department of Homeland Security to the state, and in turn, from the state to local emergency management offices.

A background document from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security states that the purpose of creating the grants was to get counties to make all local EMA directors full time.

EMA is Emergency Management Agency.

In other matters, the County Commissioners approved two utility requests from Vectren to bore under county roads at 1977 N. Riverwood Dr. and 2076 N. Morristown Road to install natural gas lines. 

The commissioners also approved disposing of excess inventory as part of the transition OK’d by the Shelby County Council to have Sharp Business Systems supply office equipment for the county under a 5-year lease agreement.

Reconvened as the County Drainage Board, the commissioners approved a letter drafted by County Surveyor Taylor Sumerford to Keith and Diane Linville who own an organic beef farm in eastern Shelby County.

The Cotton Run legal ditch runs through their property, and, because of their farm’s organic status, the Linvilles objected to the county spraying herbicides to kill weeds in the ditch that could block the flow of storm water runoff.

They had it cleaned themselves without chemicals, resolving the dispute.

Sumerford also told the commissioners he’s continuing to work on issues related to the Carmony tile legal drain.

County emergency officials approve 2019 plan

An updated emergency response plan for Shelby County has the approval of the Local Emergency Planning Committee.

Meeting Tuesday afternoon in the Court House Annex, 25 W. Polk St., the LEPC members voted unanimously to OK the new plan, which is very similar to the current document, said Tom Debaun, 911 addressing coordinator for the county, who chairs the committee.

The only changes were the addition of a few new businesses and name changes for two others, said Debaun.

Among other things, the county’s emergency response plan contains a Hazard Analysis that ranks the dangers to county residents.

The top five Natural Hazards are:

n Flooding

n Levee Failure

n Thunderstorm, High Winds, Hail

n Tornado

n Severe Winter Storm

The analysis also lists the top Technological Hazards:

n Hazardous Materials Release

n Structural Fire

The county’s 2019 emergency plan will be submitted to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security for review.