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Board of Works approves house demolition

By HANNAH GUNNELL - hgunnell@shelbynews.com

The “eyesore” structure at 651 W. Franklin Street will be demolished.

The Board of Works and Public Safety and Ron Cameron, the owner of the property, came to an agreement that the house will need to be torn down in 60 days.

Cameron met with Adam Rude and the Planning and Building Department last week to discuss the options for the property, Rude said in the Board of Works pre-meeting Tuesday morning. Rude said he told Cameron that the cost of repairing the property would be more than it was worth.

Cameron told the board that he would like to build a garage in place of the house.

The Board of Works also approved bids for the reconstruction of parts of West Franklin Street and Hodell/Prospects Street.

Midwest Paving won the bid to do the construction on all the streets. The company bid $420,784 on West Franklin, and $193,567.80 Hodell/Prospects Street.

Lastly, The Board of Works approved the road block of Mechanic and Harrison Streets from 9 a.m. to noon on July 20 for the Indiana University Riley Dance Marathon.

The request was made by David Toll on Behalf of Madelyn Toll, who is involved in running the fundraiser. The IU Riley Dance Marathon is a fundraiser run by a student organization that raises money for Riley Children’s Hospital by dancing non-stop for a certain amount of time.

The City Ordinance Committee met after the Board of Works, where they approved a revision of the current smoking ordinance.

The committee decided to adopt the state statute, which protects hoosiers from second-hand smoke by prohibiting smoking in most public places and eight feet away from entrances to public places, and added some revisions.

The revisions will make the ordinance more strict by expanding the definition of smoking to include electronic smoking devices, such as e-cigarettes and vapes, and specifically include bans on smoking at parks and bus stops.