Community News Archives for 2022-06

Moving day is Monday for Shelby County Health Department

The Shelby County Health Department will be relocating to its new facility on Monday. 

The office will be closed Monday and Tuesday for the move and plan to be open on June 29.  

The health department’s new location will be 20 W. Polk Street, Suite 202. It is inside of Annex 2 across the street from the Shelby County Courthouse. 

The health department is the final county office to relocate to Annex 2.

If you have any questions, call 317-392-6470.



IRS expands voice bot options for faster service, less wait time

The Internal Revenue Service today announced expanded voice bot options to help eligible taxpayers easily verify their identity to set up or modify a payment plan while avoiding long wait times.


"This is part of a wider effort at the IRS to help improve the experience of taxpayers," said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. "We continue to look for ways to better assist taxpayers, and that includes helping people avoid waiting on hold or having to make a second phone call to get what they need. The expanded voice bots are another example of how technology can help the IRS provide better service to taxpayers."


Voice bots run on software powered by artificial intelligence, which enables a caller to navigate an interactive voice response. The IRS has been using voice bots on numerous toll-free lines since January, enabling taxpayers with simple payment or notice questions to get what they need quickly and avoid waiting. Taxpayers can always speak with an English- or Spanish-speaking IRS telephone representative if needed.


Eligible taxpayers who call the Automated Collection System (ACS) and Accounts Management toll-free lines and want to discuss payment plan options can authenticate or verify their identities through a personal identification number (PIN) creation process. Setting up a PIN is easy: Taxpayers will need their most recent IRS bill and some basic personal information to complete the process.


"To date, the voice bots have answered over 3 million calls. As we add more functions for taxpayers to resolve their issues, I anticipate many more taxpayers getting the service they need quickly and easily," said Darren Guillot, IRS Deputy Commissioner of Small Business/Self Employed Collection & Operations Support.


Additional voice bot service enhancements are planned in 2022 that will allow authenticated individuals (taxpayers with established or newly created PINs) to get:

  • Account and return transcripts.
  • Payment history.
  • Current balance owed.


In addition to the payment lines, voice bots help people who call the Economic Impact Payment (EIP) toll-free line with general procedural responses to frequently asked questions. The IRS also added voice bots for the Advance Child Tax Credit toll-free line in February to provide similar assistance to callers who need help reconciling the credits on their 2021 tax return.


The IRS also reminds taxpayers about numerous other available self-service options

Shelbyville Street Dept. scheduled for painting on Tuesday

The Shelbyville Street Department will be painting the following traffic islands on Tuesday, June 14.  Work is weather permitting.


North Harrison from Boggstown Road to Michigan Road

North Riley Highway at the intersection of Rampart Street


Short lane restrictions will be in place from 8am-3:30pm. 


IDEM issues statewide Air Quality Action Day for Tuesday

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has issued an Air Quality Action Day (AQAD) and is forecasting high ozone levels for tomorrow, June 14, 2022 in the following regions:

  • Central IndianaMarion, Bartholomew, Boone, Brown, Delaware, Hamilton, Hendricks, Howard, Madison, Shelby 
  • North Central Indiana – St. Joseph, Elkhart
  • Northeast Indiana – Allen, Huntington, Wabash
  • Northwest Indiana – Lake, Porter, LaPorte
  • Southeast Indiana – Clark, Floyd
  • Southwest Indiana – Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, Warrick 
  • West Central Indiana – Vigo, Carroll, Tippecanoe 

IDEM encourages everyone to help reduce ozone by making changes to daily habits. You can:

  • Drive less: carpool, use public transportation, walk, bike, or work from home when possible
  • Combine errands into one trip
  • Avoid refueling your vehicle or using gasoline-powered lawn equipment until after 7 p.m.
  • Keep your engine tuned, and don’t let your engine idle (e.g., at a bank or restaurant drive-thru)
  • Conserve energy by turning off lights and setting the thermostat to 75 degrees or above 

AQADs are in effect from midnight to 11:59 p.m. on the specified date. Anyone sensitive to changes in air quality may be affected when ozone levels are high. Children, the elderly, and anyone with heart or lung conditions should reduce or avoid exertion and heavy work outdoors.

Ground-level ozone is formed when sunlight and hot weather combine with vehicle exhaust, factory emissions, and gasoline vapors. Ozone in the upper atmosphere blocks ultraviolet radiation, but ozone near the ground is a lung irritant that can cause coughing and breathing difficulties for sensitive populations. 

IDEM examines weather patterns and current ozone readings to make daily air quality forecasts. AQADs generally occur when weather conditions, such as light winds, hot and dry air, stagnant conditions, and lower atmospheric inversions, trap pollutants close to the ground.

To learn more about ozone or to sign up for air quality alerts, visit

MIBOR REALTORĀ® Association joins the Blue River Community Foundation in support of new park

MIBOR REALTOR® Association joins the Blue River Community Foundation to support the creation of the linear Porter Park, now known as Shelby Mills.


MIBOR REALTOR® Association’s Economic and Community Development Council (MIBOR ECDC) granted $7,000 to the project and partnered with the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) to secure a $4,500 Placemaking Level Two Placemaking Grant.


The MIBOR ECDC is an advising body of MIBOR made up of dedicated REALTOR® members who represent the broader geography contained with the MIBOR service area. Their mission is to support organizations and initiatives that build and maintain inclusive and vibrant communities, attract, develop, and retain a skilled regional workforce and work towards the attraction and retention of quality jobs for central Indiana.


A linear park, behind the historic Porter Center in Shelbyville, will be constructed to encourage trail users to utilize the west section of the Shelby County trail system. Despite the current attractions at this location, the historic Porter Center and public art sculpture, the section of the trail immediately to the west is very unattractive and unwelcoming. The large area of deteriorated asphalt will soon become a destination for all trail users alike as both a rest area for trail users and a storybook trail for children. Additionally, because the area will be filled with native trees, plants and flowers and a rain garden, visitors will learn about what types of plants and similar elements most benefit the local ecosystem. With a new gateway, landscaping, rain garden, rest area, and a Shelby County history storybook trail, the area will be transformed.


The result will be a beautiful gateway to the west side of the trail system encouraging users to continue along the pathway where the city is adding more mileage, an opportunity to learn local history, and a chance to enjoy the scenery along the way. The contribution from the National Association of REALTORS® will specifically facilitate the creation of the 15 storybook page kiosks along the trail that will provide a unique local history lesson to children.


“The Porter Park project was chosen as one of Blue River Community Foundation’s implementation projects through Lilly Endowment Inc,” said Jennifer Jones, executive director of the Blue River Community Foundation. “After a great deal of community input, we learned that our community members desire more public arts projects and areas to gather with other community members. Not only do projects such as this serve and satisfy our current community members, but they will also entice new residents to call Shelby County home. We are grateful that MIBOR recognized the benefits of a project such as this in our community and that they have invested their dollars in making this project be the best it can be. We are so very excited to see how it all comes together!”