The Board of Works approved an amendment Tuesday morning to a contract regarding the Meridian Park detention basin project.

The Meridian Park Detention Basin was paid for in part with grant money from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) and the original plan came in significantly under budget. So at the beginning of November, the board approved a change to the plan that would allow them to use more of the grant money the city received by adding an extra pond.

Board of Works holds hearing for Meridian Park project

The city had a contract with the Southeast Indiana Regional Plan Commission (SIRPC) to execute the grant and environmental work. With the new second pond in the plan, SIRPC requested additional funding.

“They’ve been doing that grant and environmental work for us, so they’re asking for $3,000 extra to their $58,000 project,” City Engineer John Kuntz said.

The board also approved for the Lions Club to stand at the intersection of N. Harrison Street and Mechanic Street and ring the bells for the Salvation Army. This is something the board has allowed in the past.

The rest of the meeting consisted of announcements.

Mayor Tom DeBaun congratulated Kuntz on his upcoming baby.

City Attorney Jenny Meltzer announced that the Redevelopment Commission would hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 for the resolution establishing a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) District in the area of Tom Hession Drive.

The City Council initially approved a resolution establishing the area during its Nov. 3 meeting. This area includes POET.

City Council takes 1st step in Tom Hession economic area

The purpose of the TIF District is to reimburse what the city has spent on improving North Access Road and 300 North. It will also generate funds for additional road improvements in the TIF area as needed.

Board Member David Finkel congratulated Shelbyville Central Schools Resource Officer Floyd Hastings on being recognized as Indiana DARE Officer of the Year.

Hastings receives Indiana DARE Officer of the Year Award; Reflects on 20 years as DARE Officer

“He was up at the Governor’s Mansion, I read, the other day,” Finkel said. “Congratulations.”

Hastings spent the last 20 years as a Drug Abuse Resistance Education Officer, with the most recent five at Shelbyville Central Schools.