The theme of Tuesday morning’s Board of Works meeting was property.
Beginning with nuisance properties, the board heard from Deputy Plan Director Allan Henderson (filling in for the director, Adam Rude).
The owners of three properties – 815 Morris Ave., 605 W. South Street and 640 Main Street – were set to appear before the board. No one showed.
“Actually, 640 Main, they did contact us and they are cleaning that property up,” Henderson said.
So the board approved a week extension for the owners of 640 Main Street.
The other two did not receive the same fate. With no contact from the owners and the recommendation of the Plan Department, the board moved to abate the properties – clean them up and assess the cost on their taxes.
Sticking with the property theme, the board approved two resolutions regarding property transfers.
Resolution 2021-3 allows for the city to accept property donated by ConAgra, a food packaging company. This property is located by Enterprise Drive.
City Attorney Jenny Meltzer explained ConAgra is donating the property so the city can develop infrastructure.
“A new development is going in on Enterprise Drive, and the company took out a small portion of that parcel they bought and donated it to the city, and we’ll build the road,” she said.
Resolution 2021-4 transfers property adjacent to the playground on West Washington Street from the city to the Redevelopment Commission.
The Redevelopment Commission will either sell the land or issue a request for proposal (RFP) to develop that land. The city planned to build townhomes in this area.
Lastly, the board approved for the Shelby Art Guild Association to use a some of its property on the first floor of the parking garage for its first ArtAbility Show on May 7.
“They would like to utilize four or five parking spots in conjunction with the First Friday event,” Mayor Tom DeBaun said.
Board member David Finkel said he thought it was a great event.
Slightly off the theme of property, the board reminded the public that the Public Utilities office is closed until April 5 while it moves from City Hall to 17 Public Square (the former Bradley Hall Building).