It’s hard to imagine getting through a hot, humid Ohio summer without the benefit of a wonderful shade tree — and our state has its fair share of them!
Across the country, and Ohio, some cities make the effort to capitalize on these unique natural assets through the Tree City USA program. According to its website, the initiative has been greening up cities and towns across America since 1976. It is a nationwide movement that provides the framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their public trees.
More than 3,400 communities have become a Tree City USA by meeting four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day.
This week, the City of Shelby received news that it had been recognized as a Tree City USA for the 38th consecutive year (see below). More…
Special to 1812Blockhouse
Since 2013, the Ohio History Fund has made 94 grants in nearly 40 counties totaling approximately $870,000. Proving there is a strong need for the program, it has received over 430 grant proposals totaling $5.3 million in requests.
This year, the City of Shelby was a recipient.
Money for the grants comes from citizens, who can help in three ways: 1) contributing a portion of a state income tax refund to the Ohio History Fund, line 26 on Ohio’s tax return, 2) purchasing Ohio History “mastodon” license plates, and 3) making a direct gift to the Ohio History Connection for the Ohio History Fund. The more everyone contributes, the more grants are made. More…
The City of Shelby and the Richland County Commissioners are applying for a new Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) Grant. As part of the application, an environmental review must be submitted. The public is invited to review the document and make any appropriate comments.
Please send comments to Joe Gies, City Project Coordinator at 419-342-3600 or [email protected] . Comments will be accepted until December 18.
The 128 page environmental review can be read at this link:
Source: City of Shelby
The City of Shelby is proposing to make improvements on Main Street from Mansfield Avenue/Broadway to Gamble Street and is seeking public comments about the project.
Improvements include new curbing, crosswalks, sidewalks, ADA compliant curb ramps, lighting, storm sewer, street trees, and furniture. The construction will be funded by the Ohio Department of Transportation.
No right of way will be purchased with the project. Pedestrian and vehicular traffic will be maintained with detours at times. The City will work with the contractor and local businesses to ensure closures to entrances for sidewalk pours, etc. are limited to non-business hours. More…
Shelby, a community with a real sense of shared heritage, came together on a beautiful Friday morning to mark a milestone in preserving that history that took place 38 years ago.
Local government leaders and guests joined to dedicate a historic marker that commemorates placement of much of the downtown area on the National Register of Historic Places. This took place in 1982, Shelby Historic Preservation Commission Christina Drain told those assembled, however this is the first time that achievement has been publicly recognized. More…
Many Ohio communities are facing difficulties over the last few weeks caused by an unseen agent.
No, we’re not talking about COVID-19. We’re talking about heat. It’s been an unusually warm and humid summer in Richland County, and air conditioners, fans, and other cooling devices have been running at full tilt.
Excessive use can lead to difficulties for energy companies. For municipal electric systems, like those in Shelby and Galion, they can have ramifications not only on systems, but on the cost of power itself. More…
Just think — sometime a couple of years from now, a Shelby resident can stream their favorite movie through their own municipality’s broadband network.
As part of its effort to assess the opportunities for high speed interest service for the entire community, the City of Shelby is currently taking steps to determine what citizens think of the idea.
To that end, the City has authorized an online survey to help determine if a municipal broadband utility would work. More…
By: 1812Blockhouse Staff
Consistent with the experience of other local communities, the City of Shelby is finding out that the COVID-19 hit on city finances is not as bad as first suspected.
In fact, when Shelby City Council’s Finance Committee met on Monday, the financial news was rather positive as Director of Finance Brian Crum led members through spreadsheets delineating fund balances, income, and expenditures.
The following were among highlights shared: More…
By: 1812Blockhouse Staff
It’s getting to be quite the trend in Richland County, as local governments update their web presence in an effort to keep citizens informed and potential investors impressed.
This past week, we shared news of the City of Ontario’s brand-new website which presents their community in a new way.
Not to be outdone, the City of Shelby is the latest municipality in the area to activate a new website. In this case, however, they launched three new ones — for the City of Shelby, the Shelby Community Improvement Corporation (CIC), and the Shelby City Health Department. More…
By: 1812Blockhouse Staff; American Municipal Power
At Monday evening’s meeting of Shelby City Council, Mayor Steven Schag has a bit of good news to share with those gathered.
The meeting in question was held in-person as one of the only public meetings in the area that have continued to be held in that manner. The April 20 meeting of Council was also held in that manner.
In his comments, Schag told members that the City of Shelby had received recognition from American Municipal Power (AMP) for safety levels at the City’s electric transmission facilities. More…
On Thursday, Shelby Mayor Steven Schag declared a state of emergency in the City of Shelby concerning local impact of the COVID-19/Coronavirus.
In his two page order, Mayor Schag covered a number of points related to City operations, facilities, and personnel. A copy of the order is below. More…
The City of Shelby has issued a Peak Power Alert for Wednesday evening between 6 -9 PM and tomorrow morning between 7 – 9 AM.
As temperatures are expected to drop well below zero during the next couple days, electric customers are being asked to conserve power. Some methods to help conserve electricity would be reducing a thermostat temperature setting by 2 degrees, turning off lights that are not needed, and delay washing and drying clothes during these target times. More…
Shelby City Council is seeking two resident electors to serve on the newly-established City Income Tax Board of Review.
Members of the Board serve two-year terms without compensation and may not be employees, elected officials, or contractors with the City of Shelby at any time during their terms or in the five years immediately preceding the date of appointment. More…