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May 09--The Shelbyville City Council and the city's Operating Engineers union will be taking their year-long contract negotiation standstill to an arbitrator.
"We will be exploring mediation in the labor contract negotiations," Mayor Jeff Johnson reported following executive session at Monday night's city council meeting.
The Operating Engineers turned down the latest proposal by the council. The union has also filed a grievance against the City, stating that the City is refusing to negotiate.
An agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police was reached in December and includes a pay increase and health insurance contribution.
Monday's meeting was also the first meeting of the new fiscal year. Business includes appointments of city officials, board and commission members.
Approved appointments include:
City Clerk -- Carrie Jones
City Treasurer -- Kelly Pasley
Deputy City Clerk -- Becky Pierson
Chief of Police -- David Tallman
City Engineer -- Alan Spesard
Building Commissioner -- David Kessler
Zoning Board of Appeals (3 yr. term) -- Don Fesperman, Chuck Waggoner
Planning and Zoning Commission (3 yr. term) -- Stu Hott, Jim Miller, Paul Shoaff
Board of Police Commissioners (3 yr. term) -- Don Behl
Cemetery Board of Managers (2 yr. term) -- Darrell Stephens, Suzanne Tate
Police Pension Fund Board of Trustees (2 yr. term) -- James Biddlecombe
Library Board of Trustees (3 yr. term) -- Steve Thompson, Diana Wagner, Rob Bosgraaf
The council also approved Mose Yockey Brown and Kull LLC for auditing services for the new fiscal year.
General license applications for disposal services were approved for Shelbyville Disposal Service, Advanced Disposal Services Midwest, Wasson Disposal, and Doty Sanitation. Licenses for Commercial Brush Disposal was approved for Austin Smith, Case Landscaping, Bob Niestradt, Mark Russell, and Jonathan Eloe.
Twenty-one liquor licenses were also approved as presented by the City Liquor Commission.
In other business, City Engineer Alan Spesard reported that there was only one bidder for the annual road maintenance program at a cost of $74,473 -- below the estimate of $76,110. The council approved Howell Paving for the program.
Spesard also reported that work on the North 9th Street project is expected to begin the middle of June. He is also asking the contractor not to close or pave the road until after Labor Day to keep the traffic flow open. The project includes 9th Street from east of the railroad tracks to the Dam West recreation area.
City attorney Jack Kiley reported that litigation has begun with the owners of the burned-out building on North Morgan and the Lidster Hotel. Police Chief David Tallman reported that houses on South 7th Street and North 2nd Street have been torn down and the delapidated house on West Main Street has been purchased and will be torn down.
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