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Feldhaus joins city council Tuesday

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Shelbyville's newest council member is due to be sworn in Tuesday, and all members will be appointed to a number of various boards.

Former mayor Henry Feldhaus will be officially taking the Ward 1 seat he won in last month's election when he defeated incumbent city council member Jo Ann Holland 386-195.

Holland will be recognized for her service to the city, and incumbent council members Kay Rose of Ward 3 and Jean Pruitt of Ward 5 will also be administered the oath of office.

The election of vice mayor will take place, as well as the appointment of council members to the city's committees and boards.

Members will be appointed to the city's municipal planning commission, the airport authority, the historical zoning commission, the Skills Development committee, a representative to the Community Development Center, the city's parks and recreation board, the senior citizen committee, the Bedford County railroad authority, the city's bid committee and an appointment to the industrial development board.

Task force

Nominations will also be considered for a task force focusing on downtown Shelbyville. In October, members of two merchant groups were urged by council members to work together to apply for a state revitalization grant for the public square.

City manager Jay Johnson said at the time that the square merchants were not speaking with one voice, suggesting that a citizens committee be formed to report back next fall with complete information and recommendations. Johnson also suggested that there be a community meeting including both downtown groups and an outside facilitator.

A total of 45 possible names have been suggested for the task force, with ex officio members being Bedford County mayor Eugene Ray, Shelbyville mayor Wallace Cartwright, and Johnson.

Also participating would be the city's planning and community development director, when that job slot is filled.