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Board of Works discusses properties, roads

By HANNAH GUNNELL - hgunnell@shelbynews.com

The Public Utility Board approved a request by the Shelbyville Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF) for additional funds.

Superintendent Bradley Fix requested $1.5 million to pay Bowen Engineering for the FOG and Digester improvement project that is in progress. The project is about 70 percent done, Fix said.

“(The board) approved this contract with Bowen Engineering back in February, and I did not put that money in my budget when I budgeted last December because at that time we didn’t know what the cost was going to be,” Fix said.

Fix also said that the WRRF ran into an unexpected expense during the project. While cleaning the digester, they discovered a thick layer of solids that will be harder to remove, so removal will cost more. WRRF employed Merrell Brothers to do the cleaning.

The Board of Works and Public Safety discussed multiple properties Tuesday morning. All properties had uncut lawns and abundances of trash.

The owner of the first property discussed, 111 E. Hendricks Street, lives out of state, so he was supposed to call into the meeting for a hearing.

The board attempted to call him, however he did not answer, so the board approved a recommendation by the mayor to resend the order to appear. It is possible that there was a miscommunication over the time for the scheduled call because the owner lives in a different time zone.

The property at 347 E. Mechanic Street will be remediated and secured, the board decided.

Director of the Planning and Building Department Adam Rude said the property was a “nuisance property,” that he had reached out to the owners about the property, and over the last few days, the property appeared to be vacant.

The owner of the property at 1116 St. Joseph Street was asked to appear at the board meeting, but did not show. The board gave the owner 30 days to clean up the trash and mow the lawn so he can avoid fines or actions. If the owner fails, the property will be remediated.

Finally, the board ordered the owner of the property at 102 McKinley Street to appear before the Board of Works.

The board also approved a parking lot closure, speed limit changes, and a contract with INDOT to gain control of State Road 9.

The board approved closing part of the public parking lot between East Washington Street and Jackson Street on Sept. 10 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. so that Bailey and Wood Financial Group can celebrate their grand opening.

The board approved a speed limit change on Amos Road by the new preschool. The speed limit will be 20 mph while children are present. Signs will be put up. The signage at other schools will also change to say “when children are present” instead of listing hours, because the board wants all school speed limit signs to be uniform.

The board approved a contract with INDOT for the state to relinquish control of State Road 9, (which goes through the Public Square) to the City of Shelbyville. This goes into effect Dec. 1. INDOT will provide the city with $6.3 million for road maintenance.

The city worked with CrossRoad Engineers for two years to negotiate this contract with INDOT. CrossRoad Engineers helped the City of Franklin take over a different state road a few years ago.

When the city takes over State Road 9, they will be able to enforce the truck route to keep trucks off of the circle.

“We will be doing a bit of awareness and education to the public about truck traffic in general,” Mayor Tom DeBaun said. “As we take control of this, we will be restricting trucks to a designated truck route.”

The city will also be able to better coordinate downtown events with maintenance on State Road 9, which will make downtown events safer, said city attorney Jenny Meltzer.