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City continues work on illegal levee boring

By JOHN WALKER - jwalker@shelbynews.com

Members of the Shelbyville Board of Works are waiting for an engineering report on a hole bored through the River Road levee before deciding a course of action.

City officials allege that in April, 2017, QC Communications Inc. of Wabash bored the 4-inch hole through the levee that protects Shelbyville from flooding by the Big Blue River after the city denied permission for QC to do the work. 

The boring took place near the corner of Conrey Street and River Road.

QC was laying a cable for Comcast; a company Comcast employs, OCM Group, hired QC for the job. 

At a hearing on Sept. 18, for which the board placed witnesses under affirmation, a QC representative said he didn’t realize it was a levee.

During the Board of Works premeeting Tuesday morning in City Hall, 44 W. Washington St., just before its regular meeting, city engineer Matt House said the scope of the repair work still needs to be determined.

Mayor Tom DeBaun said he wants to see what the experts say about safety if the cable is left in place, and the safety factor if the cable is removed.

“I want that to be an option as well,” he said.

In other matters, the Board of Works:

n Voted to issue an order to appear to the owner and occupants of 815 Morris Ave. because the city says trash has accumulated repeatedly on the property despite previous warnings. Both the owners and occupants are being asked to appear because the occupants are buying the house on contract;

n Heard from Fire Chief Tony Logan that firefighter Andrew Goodpaster is leaving to take a job with the fire department in New Castle;

n Reconvened a hearing regarding a dog bite case. The dog, owned by Ashlee Richie of 20 N. Pike St., was involved in two prior incidents. Board members asked the family at the initial hearing last week to return with options, which were discussed, but based on the recommendation of staff at the Shelby County Animal Shelter, and visits to see the dog by the board members, voted to find the dog vicious. The shelter is to take the necessary action.