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Board of Works affirms house rehabilitation order

By ROSS FLINT - rflint@shelbynews.com

A Shelbyville resident has less than two weeks to make sufficient repairs and remove vermin from her home after the Shelbyville Board of Works affirmed an order during Tuesday morning’s meeting.

The home at 717 S. West Street must be structurally rehabilitated with trash removed and vermin destroyed by Jan. 20.

The board approved unanimously, 3-0, to affirm the order, which was delivered to homeowner Tricia Fuller on Dec. 20.

The issue first came up on Sept. 20 when the Shelby County Health Department received a complaint about the home. Health inspector Rod Miller visited the home that day and found wet subfloors and walls due to leaky pipes. Pieces of plywood were laid across the floor, replacing damaged flooring.

Sandy Hall of the health department has unsuccessfully tried to work with Fuller, Adam Rude told the board.

Fuller has not responded to the order and was notified of Tuesday’s meeting but did not attend.

The water was shut off and Rude told the board it possibly was by Fuller. He confirmed Indiana American Water Co. did not shut it off.

Tom DeBaun noted several agencies have been involved, especially Hall, who told him it was her hope to remediate the issue and find suitable housing for Fuller and her son, who lives with her.

“Sometimes you have to do what you have to do,” board member David Finkel said.

“If you look at it, it’s substandard housing,” DeBaun said in response. “It doesn’t meet the minimum housing requirements by our own local ordinance.”

In other business:

Parking on both sides along a stretch in the Hickory Close neighborhood between West Pointe Drive and Fern Drive and Fauna Circle will no longer be permitted after a 3-0 vote by the board.

Shelbyville Police Chief Mark Weidner told the board that cars were being parked along a narrow stretch that measured 24 feet in width. He said cars parked along the stretch made it tight for anything but passenger vehicles to get through.

The police department received complaints about vehicles being parked there and he believed the cars belonged to visitors in the area.

A new police officer was hired, retroactive to Monday.

The board approved the hiring of Frederick McConaughey, of New Palestine, on the condition that he completes the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, Shelbyville’s field training program and a 1-year probationary period.

McConaughey previously worked in the Department of Corrections.

DeBaun said an issue at a property at 407 Eberhart Drive has been resolved.

During the Dec. 11 meeting, the board gave a 30-day time limit to the homeowner, Emma Williams, to clean up debris in the backyard.

Williams received help from Shelby Senior Services after she told the board in December that family members had been helping her clean it up and the board gave her 30 days to resolve the issue.