The Shelby County Board of Commissioners approved a couple of proclamations during its Monday morning meeting.

First, the trio of commissioners heard from Jason Abel, who is heading up the now conjoined Shelbyville/Shelby County Dispatch Center.

Abel presented a proclamation from Governor Eric Holcomb’s office declaring this week, April 11-17, Public Safety Telecommunications Week.

The proclamation honors dispatch officers for their work serving the public:

“Whereas, the role of the professional public safety telecommunicator is vital to the protection of human life and property and to preservation of the law and order as guaranteed by our U.S. Constitution,” Abel read.

The proclamation stated that the public safety telecommunicator is the “pivotal link” between those who need emergency services and first responders.

“Whereas, the public safety telecommunicator is vital in the safety of our First responders,” Abel read. “Whereas, public safety telecommunications perform their tasks in a dedicated, diligent manner, serving the public with compassion while often under stress; and whereas, the State of Indiana is fortunate to be blessed with those professionals in our public safety ...”

Commissioners Don Parker and Chris Ross both moved to approve at the same time, and then seconded approval at the same time, leaving Auditor Amy Glackman to “take her pick on that” (said Commissioner Kevin Nigh) as to who actually made each motion.

Abel also requested the commissioners approval to implement Priority Dispatch System.

“This is in the budget for 2021,” Abel said. “The State of Indiana will be paying for all the training. This is one of the big things that was in my hiring to get moving.”

The second proclamation the commissioners approved declared next week, April 18-24, National Crime Victims Rights Week.

“Whereas crime victims rights acts passed here in Indiana and at the federal level have provided victim or victims with ways to participate meaningfully throughout the criminal justice process,” Ross read.

It goes on to state that the justice process works better when everyone involved is properly educated about their rights.

“Whereas supporting victims of crime is crucial to the US justice system because our support honors the experiences of victims allows them to find autonomy and empowerment through achieving self-divine goals,” Ross read.

The proclamation also recognizes the accomplishments of the Victims Rights Movement and the week as an opportunity to sharing trauma-aiding services to people.

After approving that, the commissioners went on to approve a utility request for BSM Groups to bore at 6145 N. 400 W.

“That’s a busy area for cable,” Highway Superintendent Kem Anderson said.

Anderson also requested the commissioners approve funding for culvert repair work on 300 S. The project is estimated to cost $100,000.

The Drainage Board met immediately following the commissioners meeting. It approved for Brandon Eberhart to clear out the southern part of a ditch that crosses Marietta Road. This ditch has been cleared out before.