The Board of Works approved a couple of road closures this week for St. Joseph’s Catholic Church’s Spring Festival.

From May 5-9, East Hendricks Street will be closed from Pike to Noble Streets and on South Noble Street from Broadway to Hendricks Streets so the church can set up carnival rides.

“I’m looking forward to it,” board member David Finkel said.

The board then closed out Phase II of the COVID-19 relief grant program. In October, the city received and distributed grant money from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) among small businesses throughout the city.

The OCRA Phase II grant was $250,000. The city put out an application for small businesses to apply for up to $10,000 in grant money.

Plan Director Adam Rude read a statement debriefing the public on the process of how the city applied for and received the funding, and how the city publicized and distributed the grant money. The board did not need to approve this action.

Rude said every business who applied received money.

“Everyone who was eligible was funded in some capacity,” he said.

Mayor Tom DeBaun announced that Shelbyville and Shelby County applied for a third round of OCRA grants, and the city did not receive funding but the county did.

“Just as a point of order, all eligible businesses in the City of Shelbyville are located in Shelby County and eligible to apply,” he said.

Construction & nuisance properties

In other business, the board approved a contract with Duke Energy to replace 13 lights on North Harrison Street.

“This is the segment of North Harrison currently being rebuilt,” Rude said. “This is not part of the downtown BOT, but to continue that same aesthetic throughout the downtown, we want to replace all those lights.”

Board member Bob Williams said he’d received complaints about the road construction on North Harrison street and asked City Engineer Matt House to explain what’s happening with the project.

“North Harrison Street from Mechanic to the bridge, that project has been going on for four or five months,” House said. “They’re getting ready to finish the concrete work, and as soon as they’re done with the concrete work they will be repaving the road.”

House estimated the project would be finished in about two weeks.

Rude also had four nuisance cases for the board, which he requested orders to appear.

“609 Morris Ave., 907 Governor Lane, 1904 South West Street and 1022 Lincoln Street – all of these are nuisance properties that came into our office through complaints,” Rude said.

“Just like we did last week, because big trash is next week, we will delay sending out that order until we can see whether or not they’ve taken advantage of big trash to clean up these properties,” he added.