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Police department designates Aldridge as 'Honorary Officer'

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Breanna Aldridge is joined by several members of the Shelbyville Police Department Monday night at City Hall after she was named an “Honorary Officer” of the department.
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Breanna Aldridge was presented with a shadow box signifying her asan “Honorary Officer” of the Shelbyville Police Department Monday night at the Shelbyville Common Council meeting.

By JEFF BROWN - jbrown@shelbynews.com

Some people do not see the Shelbyville Police Department as very helpful. Others, have found solace in the department’s support – often in difficult situations.

Breanna Aldridge has leaned on the police department to get through her tough times. And, in return, she takes care of the local officers by bringing them cookies and candy and cards of support. It’s a small gesture that should not go unnoticed, according to Shelbyville Police Chief Mark Weidner.

“She has had her own personal problems and we have helped her overcome some of those problems and she is just attached to us,” said Weidner.

Prior to Monday night’s Shelbyville Common Council meeting in which Aldridge was invited to attend, Aldridge spent time outside the council chambers hugging officers and carrying on conversations.

Once the meeting started, one in which 10 city officers joined Weidner, Aldridge was presented with a shadow box containing a police badge and certificate naming her an “Honorary Officer” with the police department. 

“This was not my idea. This was their idea,” said Weidner referring to his police officers. “We put together a bag of goodies and some patches and some different things we have with our logo on them ... on top of the honorary officer plaque that was made.”

Aldridge was congratulated by the council and asked to step forward and shake hands with the seven council members and Shelbyville Mayor Tom DeBaun. 

“She has brought us cookies and candies and cards. She stops in with her mom all the time and just says hello,” explained Weidner. “It’s always a positive reinforcement in these times. She has done more for us than we’ve done for her.”

In council business Monday:

n A Recreation Impact Fee was approved 7-0. The impact fee will be charged to new housing development in Shelbyville with the funds being directed to parks and recreation department projects. 

The impact fee of $1,005 per single-family dwelling unit or the equivalent of a single-family dwelling unit will increase three percent annually. The fee will be payable at the time a building permit is issued by the city. For more information on the the impact fee, see The Shelbyville News’ story on the impact fee structure when it was presented to the Plan Commission. That story published on Feb. 28, 2019.

n Approved a resolution for additional appropriation of $1.4 million dollars that will be set aside for the East Washington St. Redevelopment project that is slated to start this spring. The resolution passed 6-1 with Councilman Brad Ridgeway voting against the additional appopriation.

“It is the gap in what we had budgeted already and the Community Crossings grant,” said DeBaun after the meeting. “You take the project total cost and subtract the Community Crossings grant, subtract the money we’ve already budgeted for it and that was the gap.”

The funding is now in place for the project which will redevelop two-plus blocks of East Washington St. from the Public Square to the railroad tracks east of Noble St. 

“We will have the pre-construction meeting with (Beaty Construction) next week and start on the sanitary and sewer in the next three to four weeks,” said DeBaun. 

n Approved a resolution for a special appropriation for $44,000 for the creation of a dog park at Blue River Memorial Park and $45,000 for ambulance supplies and equipment for a fifth ambulance in the Shelbyville Fire Department. Funds for both are coming from racino funds.