Board of Works approves Westport Homes deal

Brad Fix

The Board of Works and Public Safety approved a purchase agreement with Westport Homes Tuesday morning to provide infrastructure for an expansion in the Twin Lakes subdivision.

The City of Shelbyville has agreed to infuse up to $315,000 in infrastructure costs paid out over four periods, each signaling the end of 22 homes being built. Westport Homes will build between 88 and 90 homes with a projected starting cost of $190,000 per home.

The board, which consists of mayor Tom DeBaun, Bob Williams and David Finkel, approved the agreement 3-0 Tuesday at City Hall.

In other business, the board approved an “order to appear” to the owner of the property at 735 Blanchard Street. The property has become a nuisance and the board is ordering the owner to appear before it to discuss cleaning it up.

And DeBaun presented a retirement plaque to Brad Fix, the superintendent of the Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF) in Shelbyville. 

Fix was originally hired on Jan. 1, 1980, and served until Dec. 31, 2010. He was returned 10 months later and will retire at the end of 2019 as the facility’s fourth superintendent since its creation in 1959. Fix has worked for six mayors and “they are all still living,” quipped Fix.

Fix served the city just six weeks short of 40 years.

“It’s bittersweet to leave,” he said. “This is my family.”

The city honored Fix after the meeting with breakfast outside the meeting chambers.