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$5K to trainers, council decides

Friday, January 11, 2013

Shelbyville's city council approved giving $5,000 to the Walking Horse Trainers' Association for an upcoming show, and is asking the county to chip in as well.

The group's 45th anniversary show is scheduled March 14-16 at Calsonic Arena, and the council was asked last week for $10,000 to help sponsor the event.

City manager Jay Johnson explained to the council Thursday there is only $5,000 available to make a donation and any more money donated would require a budget amendment.

Councilman Jamie Williams said he was comfortable with that total, adding that the city had donated to the show for years.

The council nearly passed that motion, but Henry Feldhaus requested that the donation be raised to $10,000, with a request that Bedford County contribute an equal amount.

That motion died for the lack of a second, but Williams' motion was amended to leave in the request for the county to donate.

Bypass safety

Public Works Director Mark Clanton announced that Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has awarded a bid for the Shelbyville bypass safety improvement project.

Clanton said the job would be done no later that June 30. He will be meeting with TDOT Monday, saying that he will see what improvement can be installed now while the weather is still warm.

He hopes that some of the signs and delineation can be put in early.

TDOT engineers examined the bypass a little over a year ago after concerns were expressed about the intersection at Fairfield Pike, where several accidents have occurred since the road opened in August 2011.

Another area of concern is Railroad Road, where a 4-month-old baby was killed and two children seriously injured in the fall of 2011.

No right-of-way will be required, nor any local match of funds from the city of Shelbyville. Estimated costs of the safety improvements total $105,000, with $1,900 in state money identified, and the rest described as federal money.

Joint meetings

Semi-annual meetings will be established between the city council, mayor and city staff with the Chamber of Commerce Economic Development and Tourism Committee. The meeting will take place sometime in the spring and fall.

Council members said last week that they need to get more involved with attracting jobs and industry. Johnson said that the tourism committee was "very receptive" to the idea of the meetings

The city's police department was also authorized by the council to work with the county and sheriff's department to provide additional security to schools upon specific request.

CDC house for sale

Once again, the council gave approval to advertise for bids for a lot and home at 732 N. Main St., which once served as the Child Development Center and that is jointly owned by the city and the county. Both have tried to sell the property for a number of years, with no success.

A ground lease agreement was entered into by the city with the South Central Tennessee Human Resource Agency for the Headstart building at 505 Rock St., which would dissolve the previous lease for the site with the Kiwanis Club.

The council will hold a special called meeting on Jan. 17 at 6 p.m., which will follow an executive session for attorney client matters.

Other business

* The council also approved applying for a Clean Tennessee energy grant to improvements to the city's fire department, as well as a motion to allow the department to apply for a safety equipment grant.

* On third and final reading, the council voted to zone 206 Anthony Lane from R-4 (high density residential) to C-2 (commercial/highway service district).

* A final reading was also held for the city's official purchasing policies.

* A revised P.U.D. (planned unit development) was approved on second reading for 40 acres located on North Main Street near Walmart, containing nine commercial lots and two for future residential development.

* The floor was also opened for a public hearing on this ordinance, but no one spoke.

Expenditures

* An emergency was declared so that the roof at the public works city garage can be replaced and also to obtain repairs for the city's indoor pool sand filter system at the recreation center. The roof is estimated to cost around $50,000 and an insurance check arrived for it Thursday for $12,000.

* The council also approved the purchase of four new Dodge Chargers for the police department's patrol fleet at a cost of $98,812 and a Chevrolet Impala for around $16,000 to replace a police car that was totaled several weeks ago. Insurance coverage for the wrecked car was received this week in an amount of over $4,000.