By 1812Blockhouse

Shelby City Council met on Monday night to consider several measures and to hear an update on community development initiatives.

Public Voices Heard

The public comment section was diverse, featuring strong opinions on issues ranging from Second Amendment rights to fair trials. One attendee made a particularly impassioned plea for the return of his Second Amendment rights, illustrating the depth of community sentiment on various issues.

Community Development Matters

A highlight of the evening was a discussion on community development projects.

Economic Development Manager Jessica Gribben presented updates on several initiatives aimed at revitalizing the city. Among these was the much-anticipated ribbon-cutting ceremony for Blackboard Commons Plaza, scheduled for October 25 at 6 PM. Council invited the public to attend, emphasizing the plaza’s role as a cornerstone for future community gatherings.

New businesses are also breathing life into Main Street. Black Fork Brewing, helmed by a Master Brewer named Andy, a cakery, and other new openings were mentioned as recent additions to the local business landscape. The council expressed enthusiasm about these ventures, noting that they not only create jobs but also add to the city’s cultural fabric.

Gribben also highlighted local business Llyod Rebar, which is expanding to meet needs including those of the massive Intel construction project.

Another point of focus was the installation of a the downtown arch, which had been sponsored by ArcelorMittal. Despite weather challenges, the arch was successfully erected, serving as a nod to the city’s rich history.

Children’s Services Levy: A Community Priority

The council also discussed the renewal of the Richland County Children’s Services 10-year, one-mill property tax levy. Generating approximately $2.3 million annually, the levy plays a crucial role in child protection services within the county.

Financial Health and Future Planning

A review of the city’s financial status revealed a slight drop in the general fund compared to last year. However, the council assured attendees that most funds were in good shape and discussed potential increases in hospitalization costs.

Cybersecurity and More

The council touched on the importance of cybersecurity, citing resources from the American Public Power Association as a guide for enhancing the city’s cybersecurity infrastructure.

Council discussed several measures, including those related to watercraft permitted on Shelby City Reservoir and fishing regulations. After some debate, the council also passed a resolution allowing the mayor to apply for a multi-agency radio communication system grant from the Ohio Department of Commerce.

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