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Common Council approves funding for police car dashboard cameras

The City of Shelbyville Police Department will soon have dashboard cameras in operation in all of its patrol vehicles.

On Monday at the city’s Common Council meeting at City Hall, police chief Mark Weidner requested $115,330 in racino funds to purchase 19 additional dash cameras.

“For probably three years now we have had at least half of the patrol division operational with these video cameras and they have been a tremendous success, both from evidentiary purposes and litigation purposes,” said Weidner to the council. “We have a case going on right now that is probably going to be litigated on the basis of what we see in the video.

“Given the climate of things going on right now, I’ve had other officers ask for these cameras that do not have them. I don’t have a way to give them to them within the budget.”

The need for more dashboard cameras was brought to the council’s attention at an April meeting. Councilman Tyson Conrady, the council’s liaison to police, fire and emergency medical services in the city, discussed the lack of cameras for nearly half of the city’s police department.

At that time, Conrady said the city would pursue grants to fund the additional cameras.

“We looked at grants for this project but we were unable to secure the funding that way,” said Conrady Wednesday afternoon.

In the end, Conrady, a first-time city councilman,  was grateful that the process produced the desired result.

“I’m happy to see that the police department is getting the cameras in all patrol cars,” he said. “Officer safety is my main concern and like chief Weidner said, these will provide additional resources in our city’s enforcement efforts.”

Cost of the equipment is $102,030 and installation is $13,300. Maintenance of the additional cameras will be added into future budgets, according to Weidner.

The new cameras are from the same company that provided the initial cameras for the police department so all the software will be compatible.

The motion was approved 6-0. Councilman Nathan Willis was not present for Wednesday’s meeting.

The council also heard from fire chief Tony Logan about a potential new way to staff an ambulance.

Through a contract with St. Francis Hospital, an ambulance is staffed by the hospital with a paramedic, an emergency medical technician and, at times, a student in training.

There have been several times where the ambulance is not staffed which puts additional stress on Shelbyville’s fire department resources.

Logan is putting together a proposal to hire three civilian paramedics to help staff that ambulance on a full-time basis.

Logan stated after the council meeting that he believes the funding is there to make it happen but there are still technicalities that need to be ironed out such as overall supervision of the paramedics and scheduling.

The firefighter’s union voted early Wednesday morning to support the project once guidelines are put in place.

All Shelbyville firefighters are also paramedics or EMT-certified which gives them versatility on emergency runs. That will not be the case with civilian paramedics who are not firefighters, and would alter assisting with volunteer department emergency calls around the county.

The Shelbyville fire department had 5,665 runs last year stretching out resources in ways not seen before.

“We’ve had a tremendous increase in run volume,” said Logan to the Common Council Wednesday morning prior to the meeting. “Last year was an unbelievable year – a perfect storm some may call it. Not only did our run volume go up but we had the issue with St. Francis where the truck was staffed sparingly so to speak. On top of that, I had two guys on workman’s (compensation), a guy on military leave and several people out from COVID-19.”

Logan asked that the discussion be removed from the regular meeting agenda Wednesday with the goal of returning in February for more discussion.

MHP Incident Command Update - January 19

Major Health Partners provided this Covid update on January 19.

 

General Update: Indiana’s Covid positivity rate increased to 30%, and Shelby County’s increased to 27.8%. Hospitalizations continue to be up across the state, 3-4 days ago it was at an all-time peak.

 

FREE IN-HOME COVID TESTS:  Starting today you can visit www.covidtests.gov to request 4 free at-home COVID tests to be shipped to your door with no upfront costs.

 

Inpatient unit: All 40 of our beds are full on the 3rd-floor inpatient unit. 

  • We currently have 12 critical care patients on the 3rd floor.  9 (75%) of them are due to Covid and 7 of the 9 are unvaccinated.   
  • We have 6 patients on ventilators.  ALL these patients are Covid positive and 5 of them are unvaccinated. 
  • We have 7 additional patients on Vapotherm or BiPap.  5 of them are Covid positive and 4 of the 5 are unvaccinated. 
  • 28 (70%) of our inpatients are Covid positive and 19 (68%) of them are unvaccinated.

 

 

Urgent Care and walk-in volumes: 

  • Priority Care - Saw lower patient volumes yesterday, but volumes are increasing again today.  
  • MHP Family & Internal Medicine - Saw lower patient volumes yesterday, but volumes are increasing again today. 
  • MHP Pediatrics - Continue to be busy with lots of COVID cases and other illnesses.  

 

Emergency Department: The Emergency Department continues to be busy and saw 81 patients yesterday.  They have also had 43 patients receive Remdesivir (these are a 3-day infusions). 

 

Pharmacy:  We received 12 doses of Sotrovimab (a novel monoclonal antibody treatment that only requires one dose) and 18 more are on the way. 

 

We also received more than 100 doses of BAM-ETE (neutralizing antibody drugs).  Currently, we have a good supply of Remdesivir.  

 

Construction engineering firm progressing on roundabout near Shelbyville High School

A preliminary design is complete for a proposed roundabout at the intersection of Miller and McKay streets in Shelbyville.

At Tuesday morning’s Board of Works meeting at City Hall, a contract was approved for Zimmer Construction Engineering, the roundabout’s designer, to begin the process of purchasing right-of-way access for the project that will commence construction in 2023.

In the preliminary design (photo), the city will have to navigate the steep climb of McKay Road headed west toward Miller St., where Shelbyville High School sits.

City engineer John Kuntz admitted the roundabout will have to shift to the west to make it feasible with the hill east of Miller St.

In other board business Tuesday:

  • The board opened 10 bids for overlay asphalt projects in the city in 2022. There are 15 projects on the calendar. Kuntz’s estimate for the board was $585,540. The 10 bids came in between $522,962.45 and $715,171.50. The board took the bids under advisement but did not select a winner.
  • The board recently restricted parking on the north side of James St. near the Shelby County Fairgrounds to improve traffic flow. A Shelbyville Central Schools bus could not travel down the road when cars were parked on both sides. The residents of 940 James St. asked for an exemption in front of the property to allow for safer access for one of its occupants. The board needed more time to make a decision and continued without a vote.
  • The board granted a 30-day extension from remediation for the owner of 1303, 1305 and 1313 Beverly St., where trash and debris are a nuisance. The properties are currently being cleaned up but more time is needed to complete the project.
  • The board approved to remediate the rental property at 815 Morris Avenue, which has been a nuisance for some time. The property will be cleaned up and the cost will be assessed to the property owner’s taxes.

 

  • Another nuisance property has a new owner. The city received ownership of the property at 111 E. Hendricks St. and tore down the crumbling residence (photo). The city then put the property up for sale in December and it was purchased by Phillip Coffey. Ownership was transferred at Tuesday morning’s meeting.

City of Shelbyville signs with Meridiam to build, operate high speed internet

Virtually the entire city of Shelbyville will soon have access to high-speed internet service thanks to a new partnership with a firm that will plan, build and operate the system.

 

Shelbyville has signed a letter of intent with Meridiam to provide a minimum of 1 gigabit of broadband service. The anticipated agreement is expected to be signed in the first quarter of 2022 with construction beginning in 2022.

 

Residents currently without high-speed access will be enabled to participate more fully in 21st century life and the digital economy. Areas to be annexed into Shelbyville are included.

 

“This project is the right thing to do for many reasons,” said Mayor Tom DeBaun. “It not only makes our city competitive economically, but also opens paths for everyone to participate in everything from remote work to digital healthcare. High-speed internet will be a game-changer.”

 

Meridiam will fund the project through subscription fees gathered by the providers. Shelbyville will not provide funding.

 

The system will ultimately be open-access, meaning other internet providers can use it after a period of exclusive access by the original provider.

Registration open for 2022 Shelby County Babe Ruth Baseball leagues

Registration has started for the 2022 Shelby County Babe Ruth Baseball season.

The deadline to register is March 13. The fee is $80 per player or a maximum of $240 per family. Go to www.shelbycountybaberuth.com to sign up.

Leagues at Donald L. Johnson Memorial Park are for boys and girls ages 4-13. All participants must be at least 4 years old by April 30, 2022.

Each league will consist of 12 games and a single-elimination postseason tournament except for the T-ball league, which will not have a tournament.

New this year is a fifth league strictly for 6 year olds. With elevated participation numbers, Shelby County Babe Ruth has isolated the age group believing there will be enough teams for a competitive league.

Here is a list of the five leagues and their respective age groups:

  • T-ball league for ages 4-5
  • Pee Wee league for 6-year-olds
  • Rookie league for ages 7-8
  • Minor league for ages 9-10
  • Major league for ages 11-13

Player evaluation day is March 5 at Shelbyville High School’s auxiliary gymnasium. All players are encouraged to attend so coaches can evaluate and draft teams accordingly.

Evaluation times have not yet been announced.

In 2021, Shelby County Babe Ruth had 475 participants, up from 404 in 2020.

Players are not limited to Shelby County residences.

Fall league registration will open in May. There were 277 players in the fall of 2021 in the league’s third year of existence. That number of participants has risen from 209 in 2020 and 142 in 2019.

Edinburgh EMT charged for incident in ambulance

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office says an EMT has been charged for an incident inside of an ambulance.


On Friday, Jeramy Goodnight, 42, of Columbus, was charged with one count of Official Misconduct as a Level 6 felony and one count of Battery as a Class B misdemeanor. The charges stemmed from a single car crash being investigated December 27, 2021, where the driver of the vehicle suffered some physical injuries and was believed to be intoxicated.

 

Medical personnel were brought to the scene to examine the driver. While inside the ambulance the individual began to become increasingly belligerent, and was restrained with an oxygen mask to prevent him from potentially spitting on anyone. After the individual continued to be belligerent to a female EMT inside the ambulance, Goodnight is alleged to have taken his hands, placed them over the head of the individual and pressed down on his eyelids with his thumbs, resulting in the individual screaming out in pain.

 

Two sheriff’s deputies were present inside the ambulance when the alleged incident took place and immediately reported it to a supervisor, who in turn requested someone from the investigations division look into the matter. The individual did not suffer any kind of serious injury.
 

According to Sheriff Duane Burgess, while it is never pleasant to have to investigate a fellow first responder, it is their obligation to do so fairly and impartially.

 
Prosecutor Joe Villanueva sympathizes with how frustrating those situations can be for first responders, but that there are certain lines which cannot be crossed.

 

“Police and fire personnel routinely deal with intoxicated or belligerent people.  This individual was handcuffed and not a physical threat to the safety of anyone inside that ambulance. Part of doing this kind of job is having a thick skin and letting comments slide, and that’s exactly what should have happened here. We will now seek to hold Mr. Goodnight accountable for his alleged actions in choosing otherwise.”


Johnson County officials say both the town of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Fire Department have been very transparent and cooperative during the investigation. 

MHP Incident Command Covid update - January 17

General Update: Indiana’s Covid positivity rate increased to 28.9%, and Shelby County’s increased to 21.7%.

 

Hospitalizations continue to be up across the state.

 

Inpatient unit: 37 of our 40 beds are full on our 3rd-floor inpatient unit. 

 

  • We currently have 12 critical care patients on the 3rd floor, and 9 (75%) of those patients are due to Covid. Of the 9 Covid-related critical care patients, 8 of them are unvaccinated.   
  • We have 5 patients on ventilators, and ALL of those patients are Covid positive, and 4 of those patients are unvaccinated. We have 7 additional patients on Vapotherm or BiPap, and ALL of those patients are Covid positive, and ALL of them are unvaccinated. 
  • 24 (65%) of our inpatients are Covid positive, and 21 (87%) of them are unvaccinated.

 

 

Urgent Care and walk-in volumes: 

  • Priority Care - Busy over the weekend and saw over 60 patients yesterday. Continue to be busy today and have seen 30 patients as of 11:30 a.m. today.
  • MHP Family & Internal Medicine - Continues to be busy but a little slower this morning. Have seen 25 patients as of 11:30 a.m. today.
  • MHP Pediatrics - Continues to be busy. Have seen 32 patients as of 11:30 a.m. today. Saw 60-60 kids per day last week—lots of COVID and other illnesses.

 

Emergency Department: The Emergency Department continues to be busy. Saw 81 patients yesterday. Infusion requests are still flowing in, and we have 39 patients that meet high risk criteria at the moment.

We are out of monoclonal antibodies but anticipate a shipment later this week. The state allocates these, and we have no control over when we receive them.  

 

Shelbyville Central Schools sees continued rise in COVID-19 cases

Many Shelbyville Central Schools students are ready to dispense with wearing masks during school days.

Shelby County’s largest school system says masks will be optional for students and staff beginning Feb. 3 as long as the absentee rate in each of the system’s six buildings remains below 5%.

A surge of COVID-19 cases was expected following the holiday break. Since the resumption of classes on Jan. 3, a total of 166 cases of COVID-19 have been reported – by far the largest two-week span of the 2021-2022 school year.

According to an email sent to SCS parents, Shelbyville High School has reported 38 cases. Shelbyville Middle School has the most at 59.

In the three elementary schools, Loper has 26 cases, Hendricks follows at 16 and Coulston has 13.

The Golden Bear Preschool has reported 14 cases.

Should a SCS building reach 5% absenteeism after Feb. 3, a two-week mask mandate will go into effect at that building to quell the absentee rate.

The absentee rate will include students and staff.

Shelbyville Central Schools narrows search for new superintendent

Shelbyville Central Schools has narrowed the list of candidates for a new superintendent down to three.

New SCS board president Curt Johnson (photo) confirmed that three executive sessions this week are for second-round interviews.

“It’s really been a great process so far,” said Johnson after Wednesday’s school board meeting at the administrative building. “We have conducted out first round interviews and are in the process of our second round interviews.

“We have a really good batch of candidates and hopeful to have someone to announce by the beginning of February … I think.”

There were 12 candidates expressing interest in being SCS’ new superintendent. Current superintendent Mary Harper announced in September her intention to retire at the end of the 2021-2022 school year.

“I think the board has done a good job so far of getting on top of it,” said Johnson. “We are very pleased with the candidates.

“The candidates each bring different things to the table. It’s going to be hard for us to go wrong. I think the school system is in a good position.”

Ben Kuhn elected president of Shelby Eastern Schools board

Ben Kuhn is the new President of the Shelby Eastern Schools board.

Jason Yantiss, who was the sitting president at the end of 2021, nominated Kuhn, who was serving as Vice-President.

Brandon Kleine takes over as Vice-President and Andrew Hawk will serve as Secretary.

Taylor Hunter was retained as the board’s legal counsel, according to superintendent Todd Hitchcock.

At Wednesday’s first meeting of 2022, the board updated the school system’s COVID-19 policy.

The most recent Centers for Disease Control now recommends a five-day quarantine period for a positive COVID-19 test.

The close contact policy remains the same, according to Hitchcock. If a close contact has been determined, the student can wear a mask and stay in school or opt for a 10-day quarantine period.

Southwestern school system getting new digital sign

With approval of a development standard variance at Tuesday’s Shelby County Board of Zoning Appeals meeting, Southwestern Consolidated Schools moved one step closer to a new digital sign.

Green Signs, based out of Greensburg, Indiana, will install a larger digital sign (photo) that will replace the current one that sits in front of Southwestern High School, 3406 W. 600 South.

The installation cost is $49,994.93 and was approved at the November school board meeting, according to superintendent Curt Chase. The sign is expected to be completed this spring.

The new sign will allow emergency medical services to tap in to the message board to display information when necessary.

Green Signs recently completed the installation of a new digital sign at the Shelby County Fairgrounds.

The school board met Wednesday for the first time in 2022 and retained all of its elected positions. Jim Emerick is President of the school board and Linda Isgrigg is Vice-President, according to the school system’s website.

Also serving on the school board are Susan Smith (Secretary), Michael Burbrink, Travis Beck, Jerry Drake and Isaac Pile.

At Wednesday’s meeting, the board approved the use of ESSER III grant funds for a roof replacement project ($443,300) on the school system’s buildings and for an updated firewall ($9,300) to protect against a data breach.

The board also approved a $15,422 expense from Nading Mechanical out of the fieldhouse contingency fund to fix standing water issues on the west side of the campus.

Work is needed to keep water moving toward a drain to eliminate ponding, according to Chase.

SCS board elects new president, welcomes new board member

Shelbyville Central Schools board has a new president and a new member.

At the first meeting of 2022, Curt Johnson was elected president of the board, replacing Gayle Wiley, who is no longer serving on the board.

Wiley’s board seat was filled by Mike Turner, who works for the Shelbyville Police Department. Turner was sworn in Wednesday by Johnson (photo) prior to the start of the monthly school board meeting at the school system’s administrative building.

 

 

John DePrez was elected Vice-President and Jim Rees was re-elected Secretary.

One of the board’s first actions Wednesday was to present a Certificate of Recognition to Golden Bear Preschool principal Lora Nigh, who recently received a Build, Learn, Grow (BLG) Stabilization Grant worth $432,149.

Since her inception as principal at the school that opened in 2019, Nigh has received over $600,000 in grant funding, according to the board.

The BLG grant is not tied to a specific area of education, meaning Nigh can spend the funds as she wishes to best help the preschool.

Nigh told the board she plans to spend the funds on personnel. There may be a second round of BLG funding available later this year, according to Nigh.

The board also approved the 2022-2023 school year Shelbyville High School Course Guide.

As part of the donations list being accepted, business manager Michelle Babcock informed the board that the school system received a truckload of Lysol wipes through a donation opportunity that was distributed throughout the school system.

Once it was determined SCS had an ample supply of Lysol wipes, superintendent Mary Harper reached out to local organizations, such as the Self Shelbyville Boys and Girls Club, Girls Inc. of Shelbyville/Shelby County, and the parks department as well as other county school systems, and donated the remaining supplies.

Shelbyville's oldest park targeted for upgrades in 2022

A restoration project for Shelbyville’s oldest public park is slated for 2022 and a new Girl Scouts project could land there as well.

On Wednesday at the Shelbyville Parks and Recreation Department’s board meeting, Noah Henderson provided an update on plans to make Morrison Park more interactive.

Historical information stations and concrete pads for 9 Square and GaGa Ball games are in the discussion stages as well as a potential walking trail for the park.

Henderson is spearheading the Morrison Park renovation project and already has funding in place from the Blue River Community Foundation. He is expecting a donation from Indiana Grand Racing and Casino as well.

No official plans for the park’s restoration are finalized.

Laura Morrison Park was dedicated on June 19, 1928, nearly 20 years after Morrison asked the city to purchase the 12 acres of land. Morrison Park, 801 S. West St., is the only city park that is completely surrounded by residential neighborhoods.

Local Girl Scouts made a presentation Wednesday for a proposed Zen Garden that they would like to create in Morrison Park.

The Zen garden, a traditional Japanese meditation spot, would include trees and floral landscaping as well as a water feature and benches.

The Girl Scouts are currently collecting plastic caps and lids that will be recycled into benches.

Parks board member Tammy Knox, who works for Indiana Grand, offered up a large collection of plastic lids from her work place. Henderson offered to see what Ryobi has stored away.

Prior to the start of the presentations, the board elected Gary Bowen as president and Gary Nolley as vice-president. Also serving on the board are Tammy Knox and Terie Anderson.

The board meets the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 4:15 p.m. in the parks department’s board room, 945 S. Tompkins St.

Shelby Co. Commissioners in violation of Open Door in Public Access Counselor finding

A meeting of several county and city leaders and health care professionals to discuss Shelby County's Covid issue prompted a formal complaint regarding the Open Door Law.

 

The complaint involved a meeting in early September where a number of stakeholders discussed the county's Covid issues and how to proceed.  The county commissioners responded to the complaint filed with the Public Access Counselor replying that the meeting was attended by each of them individually and no decisions were made regarding mask mandates of Shelby County schools until a regular meeting of the commissioners that followed on September 13.

 

Public Access Counselor Luke Britt's opinion can be read in the document below.

Stillinger Family Funeral Home grows with purchase of Hendryx Mortuary, Penny's Florist

Greenfield's Stillinger Family Funeral is expanding with the purchase of Hancock County's Hendryx Mortuary.  

 

The recent purchase of a Greenfield florist is also growing the Stilinger footprint.

 

Hendryx Mortuaries has been a longstanding business in the Hancock County community for decades. Now, David Stillinger, owner of Stillinger Family Funeral Home Pasco Chapel, has acquired the 134-year-old business and is eager to continue the Hendryx family legacy.

 

Stillinger will now be the owner of both the Hendryx New Palestine Chapel and the Cumberland Chapel, respectively.

 

 

Tom Hendryx, Hendryx’s previous owner and fourth-generation funeral director, is excited for the next chapter of his family’s business and believes Stillinger is the perfect fit.

 

“I had heard great things about David [Stillinger] and have seen what he has done since taking over the Pasco Chapel,” Hendryx said. “Seeing the success he has had, the fact that he is a local, small business owner that holds similar values and loves our community made him easily the best fit for taking over my family’s business.”

 

For Hendryx, Hendryx Mortuaries has been his whole life. He grew up in the business and joined the family to work in 1978 right after his college graduation. He is ready to back away from working and enjoy the next chapter in his life.

 

“Working with David has given me a peace of mind that the business is being placed into good hands,” Hendryx said. “I am excited for him to implement new technology and a fresh perspective while serving the families of this community.”

 

Stillinger took over the Pasco Chapel in Greenfield just over 20 years ago.

 

 

Stillinger and his team will provide their existing services at both the New Palestine and Cumberland Chapel locations, including full cremation and funeral options, pre-planning, pet services, grief therapy dogs, monument sales and more.

 

 

“Our team is ready to uphold the Hendryx family’s values while also instilling our existing beliefs to create a warm, caring atmosphere for the families we serve,” Stillinger said. “I look forward to helping more families in our amazing community during their most difficult time and I am thankful to do that while carrying on both the Stillinger and Hendryx Family legacies.”

 

Stillinger says his son is working with him now in the business.

 

 

The other recent addition has been the acquisition of Penny's Florist in Greenfield.

 

 

 

 

 

Shelby County's Covid positivity rate drops, below state rate

Major Health Partners released its most recent information in an Incident Command Report.

 

General Update:  Indiana’s overall Covid positivity rate is 24.2% and Shelby County’s positivity rate is 16.9% as of January 3rd

 

Inpatient unit: All forty of our beds are full on our 3rd-floor inpatient unit.  

 

We currently have 14 critical care patients on the 3rd floor, and 12 (86%) of those patients are due to Covid. Of the 12 Covid-related critical care patients, only two are vaccinated.   

 

We have five patients on ventilators and all of those patients are Covid positive and only one of those patients is vaccinated.  We have five additional patients who are on Vapotherm or BiPap, and all of those patients are Covid positive and only one of those patients is vaccinated. 

 

Twenty-five (64%) of our inpatients are Covid positive, and twenty-one (84%) of them are unvaccinated.

 

Urgent Care and walk-in volumes:  Priority Care was very busy over the weekend.  Over 50 patients have presented for walk-ins before 11AM today. 

 

MHP Family & Internal Medicine has also had over 50 walk-in patients register before 11AM today.  We now have 60 Pfizer Covid vaccine doses for patients in MHP Family & Internal Medicine. 

 

MHP Pediatrics has had 47 walk-in patients register today before 11AM.  The vast majority are presenting with Covid symptoms.   

 

The Emergency Department is averaging approximately 82 patients per day and the majority of patients continue to present with high acuity.  Wait times are longer than normal due to high volumes.  We only have a handful of doses remaining of the infusion drugs used to treat high-risk patients who are infected with Covid.    

 

Shelbyville Central Schools reports 59 COVID-19 cases in first week of January

Shelbyville Central Schools reported 59 cases of COVID-19 during the school system’s first week back from holiday break. That is the highest amount of cases SCS has reported during a weekly period since the start of the school year in August.

The previous high was 45 the week of Sept. 6. Shelby County’s largest school system had been averaging 18 cases per week since Nov. 1, 2021.

A total of 36 of the 59 cases did not require contact tracing, according to an email sent out to parents of SCS students. Contact tracing did occur for the other 23 cases.

Shelbyville High School and Shelbyville Middle School totaled 31 of the 59 cases.

Of the 15 cases at SHS, eight did not require contact tracing. A total of 83 close contacts were defined.

At SMS, half of the 16 reported cases did not require contact tracing. A total of 73 close contacts were reported.

At the three elementary schools, Coulston had six cases, Hendricks had seven and Loper reported nine. Of those 22 cases, 14 did not require contact tracing. A total of 30 close contacts were determined.

The Golden Bear Preschool had six COVID-19 cases – all required no contact tracing.

 

 

All Shelbyville Central Schools students are required to wear face masks during normal school hours through Feb. 2.

Masks will be optional starting Feb. 3 as long as building absentee rates stay below 5% due to positive COVID-19 cases and close contacts.

If a building goes over 5%, a mask mandate will be implemented in that building for two weeks. After the two-week period, if the absentee rate drops below 5% in the building masks will again be optional.

Per federal mandate, masks are still required on school buses through March 18.

Here is a listing of total students and staff in each building along with its 5% threshold:

  • Shelbyville High School – 1,238 students and staff (5% = 62)
  • Shelbyville Middle School – 1,015 (5% = 51)
  • Coulston Elementary – 532 (5% = 27)
  • Hendricks Elementary – 584 (5% = 30)
  • Loper Elementary – 751 (5% = 38)
  • Golden Bear Preschool – 395 (5% = 20)

SCS will allow individuals within three feet of a COVID-19 positive individual, wearing a mask and without symptoms to remain in school while monitoring for symptoms.

When masks become optional, individuals within six feet of a positive individual for greater than 15 minutes will be quarantined unless fully vaccinated or previously positive within the last 90 days.

Quarantine procedures will not apply to fully vaccinated (asymptomatic) individuals. Fully vaccinated now includes the booster dose for those eligible to receive it (ages 12 and up).

Quarantine also does not apply to an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days.

BMV hosting virtual job fair to highlight openings available across the state

The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), in partnership with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD), is hosting a virtual job fair to promote multiple positions the agency has available throughout the state.

The virtual job fair is scheduled to run from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Jan. 19.

Opportunities include Customer Service Representative (intermittent, part-time, full-time), Team Lead, Manager in Training, Assistant Branch Manager and Branch Manager. BMV leaders will discuss job opportunities in detail, along with benefits and how to apply. BMV team members also will be on hand to share why they chose to work at the BMV and how they’ve advanced their careers.

“The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles offers rewarding careers for those wanting to make an impact on the lives of Hoosiers every day,” said BMV Commissioner Peter Lacy. “We have numerous positions available with a variety of great benefits and are excited to partner with the DWD on this virtual job fair.” 

DWD Commissioner Fred Payne said, “The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles assists thousands of Hoosiers every day and enjoys great success in serving them thanks to its dedicated team members. We are pleased to partner with the BMV to announce these important opportunities to potential jobseekers.”

Those interested in the job fair but unable to attend are encouraged to still register, as a recording will be sent via email the following day.

To register, visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/291863582017890316.  After registering, a confirmation email will be sent containing information about joining the virtual job fair.

MHP Covid update

Major Health Partners released its most recent Incident Command Update.  Included is a reminder of the Indiana Department of Health Strike Force Team that is available for Covid testing and vaccines at the Shelby County Fairgrounds through Saturday, January 8.

 

General Update:  Indiana’s overall Covid positivity is 20.5% and Shelby County’s positivity rate is 17.3%.  Both have increased since Monday. 

 

The Indiana State Department of Health on Tuesday reported 172 more deaths from COVID-19 and another increase in statewide hospitalizations. Officials said 3,207 people were hospitalized due to the virus as of Monday, an increase from 3,164 the previous day. That’s the highest number since Dec. 9, 2020.

 

Pediatric Covid update:  Riley Hospital for Children reports that it has admitted nearly four times as many children for COVID-19 treatment in recent weeks as in any previous wave during the pandemic. Riley Hospital was at 87% capacity on Tuesday morning. 

 

Inpatient unit: All 40 of our 40 beds remain full on our 3rd-floor inpatient unit. 

 

·     We currently have 10 critical care patients on the 3rd floor, and 9 (90%) of those patients are due to Covid. Of the 10 Covid-related critical care patients, only two are vaccinated.   

·     We have seven patients on ventilators and six of those patients are Covid positive and only one patient is vaccinated. We have seven additional patients who are on Vapotherm or BiPap, and all of those patients are Covid positive. 

·     Twenty-six (65%) of our inpatients are Covid positive, and twenty (77%) of them are unvaccinated.

 

Regeneron supply:  As of Wednesday morning, we have 16 doses of Regeneron remaining.  We performed a record high of 42 infusions one day last week and we infused 37 patients yesterday. 

 

We will run out of Regeneron today.  We expect to receive 48 additional doses later this week, but that will not last more than 36 hours.  

 

Urgent Care and walk-in volumes:  Priority Care saw over 90 urgent care patients yesterday.  MHP Family & Internal Medicine and MHP Pediatrics consistently see between 60-70 walk-in patients each day per office.  The Emergency Department is averaging between 70-80 patients per day and the majority of patients continue to present with high acuity. 

 

Don't visit an Emergency Room for just a COVID test. - This will help us in treating patients who require emergency care. 

Need a Rapid Covid test?  How about a Covid vaccine or booster?  January 5th through January 8th from 12PM to 8PM, the Indiana State Department of Health will be offering Covid testing and Covid vaccines and boosters at the Shelby County Fairgrounds in the Brinson Building at 500 Frank Street. 

 

Parents, children treated for smoke inhalation after getting out of Shelbyville house fire

Two parents and their children were taken for medical treatment following a Tuesday night Shelbyville house fire.

 

The Shelbyville Fire Department responded to 164 1st Street about 7:30 pm Tuesday.  The family of Jason and Wendy Jackson was home at the time and the parents were able to crawl through the smoke to rescue their young children.  All were transported to MHP Medical Center for smoke inhalation.

 

 

The home sustained major damage.  The cause remains under investigation but the fire department says it appears to be accidental.

Shelbyville man killed in I-74 crash with semi flipped by the wind

Wind appears to be a factor in an early morning fatal Shelby County crash.

 

 

The Shelby County Sheriff's Department says units were dispatched to Interstate 74 westbound at the 104 mile marker for an accident with unknown injury about 3:30 Wednesday morning.

 

A semi registered to Ryder/Amazon driven by Temirlan Baizakov, 21, of Chicago, was traveling west on Interstate 74. Baizakov stated he had a light load and there was heavy wind.  He stated due to the wind he lost control of the semi. The semi swerved, flipped over and skidded into the median on its side. Part of the trailer was blocking the left lane of Interstate 74.  Baizakov was not injured in the accident.

 

Baizakov stated as he was attempting to exit the semi when he heard a collision to the trailer. The semi-trailer was struck by a Mercedes bdriven by Gary E. Oldham, Jr., 30, of Shelbyville. There was heavy damage to the front driver side of the vehicle and Oldham was entrapped.

 

Oldham was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

The Shelby County Sheriff's Department says evidence at the scene supported the semi driver's statement of wind leading to the accident.

Crash on I-65 near Franklin claims the life of 3-year old child

A young child was killled in a Tuesday morning I-65 crash.

 

Just before 10:00 am, Indiana State Police dispatchers received an emergency call about a vehicle that was disabled partially in the left lane of I-65 northbound near the 86 mile marker. As police were responding to assist, dispatchers began receiving numerous calls about a serious crash at the same location. When emergency responders arrived they located a young child entrapped in a car seat in back seat of a heavily damaged passenger car.

 

The child was extricated and emergency life saving efforts ensued. The child was transported to an area hospital and later pronounced deceased. Two adults were taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. 

 

A preliminary investigation was conducted on scene by Indiana State Police Crash Reconstructionists. It was determined a passenger car had pulled to the left side of the roadway and stopped for unknown reasons and that vehicle was partially in the left lane. A northbound pick-up truck struck the rear end of the stationary car.

 

The driver of the car and the driver of the pick-up truck both suffered non-life threatening injuries. 

 

The northbound lanes of I-65 were closed for nearly four hours while the crash was investigated and wreckage was removed. The investigation is ongoing and there is no further information to release at this time. 

 

The Indiana State Police were assisted by the Johnson County Sheriff's Office, Franklin Fire Department, SEALS Ambulance Service, the Indiana Department of Transportation. 

Board of Works eliminates parking on north side of James Street

Following the Board of Works and Public Safety’s Tuesday morning decision to limit parking on James Street, a further study will be done to locate similar narrow passageways in the city.

A Shelbyville Centrals School bus cannot travel down James Street (photo) when cars are parked on both sides of the road. That prompted a conversation with neighbors to rectify the problem.

The Board of Works, which consists of Mayor Tom DeBaun, David Finkel and Bob Williams, visited with residents on James Street which narrows as it goes east. That has made it difficult for a SCS special needs bus to pass through once dropping off a student.

A bigger concern arose with getting fire trucks or other emergency services vehicles down James Street, located one block north of the Shelby County Fairgrounds.

At Tuesday morning’s first meeting of the Board of Works for 2022, a decision was made to eliminate parking on the north side of James Street.

“It’s a nice street. The conditions of the homes are very nice,” said Finkel, who has visited the area on several occasions.

There is an alley that runs behind the homes on the north side of James Street, according to DeBaun, which allows access to the homes. That is not true of the south side of the street.

“The north side just makes the most sense to eliminate the parking,” said Finkel.

 

 

Finkel asked Fire Chief Tony Logan, who regularly attends the Board of Works meetings, to survey other city streets for potential problems for emergency services vehicles.

Code enforcement officer Troy Merrick appeared before the Board of Works to ask for “orders to appear” for the owners of 815 Morris Avenue, 827 Meridian St., 1303 Beverly St., 1305 Beverly St., and 1313 Beverly St.

All but one of the properties are rental properties and are in need of attention.

The Board of Works also approved a Memorandum of Understanding for funding for the Youth Assistance Program (YAP).

The memorandum was already approved by the Shelby County Commissioners, the Shelby County Council, and, on Monday, the city’s Common Council.

The city’s portion of the funding is not to exceed $65,000.

The three-member Board of Works and Public Safety meets every Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. at City Hall, 44 W. Washington St.

No change to leadership structure of Shelbyville Common Council

The Shelbyville Common Council will continue in 2022 with the same leadership structure.

At the first meeting of 2022 Monday night at City Hall, Rob Nolley was approved as President. Brian Asher was nominated and approved as Vice President. And Mike Johnson was approved as Reader of the ordinances and resolutions.

All three held the same positions in 2021.

Nathan Willis asked to step down as the council’s appointment to the Tourism Board, citing scheduling conflicts. Scott Furgeson offered to replace Willis and was approved.

The council approved a Memorandum of Understanding with the Youth Assistance Program (YAP) it helps fund.

YAP is co-funded by the city of Shelbyville and Shelby County. Monday’s approval stated the city will cover half of the operating costs not to exceed $65,000.

The memorandum was already approved by the Shelby County Commissioners and the Shelby County Council, according to city attorney Jennifer Meltzer.

The city was handed an oversized check for $46,610 representing a rebate check from its energy savings contract. Solar panels have been installed around the city and new light fixtures were added in many of the city’s buildings.

There was no discussion where the rebate funds will be utilized.

Tyson Conrady was the only council member not in attendance. He attempted to attend virtually but was unable to get a connection to participate in the meeting.

The Common Council consists of Rob Nolley and Brian Asher – both at large representatives, Joanne Bowen (1st ward), Nathan Willis (2nd ward), Mike Johnson (3rd ward), Scott Furgeson (4th ward) and Tyson Conrady (5th ward).

Mayor Tom DeBaun oversees the council meetings but is not a member of  the council.

The council meets at City Hall, 44 W. Washington St. (photo), twice monthly on the first and third Mondays at 7 p.m. and 8:30 a.m., respectively.

MHP asks people to go to testing sites for Covid test instead of Emergency Room

Indiana’s overall Covid positivity is 14.9% and Shelby County’s positivity rate is 15.1%. 

 

IMPORTANT MESSAGE:  Don't visit an Emergency Room for just a COVID test. - This will help us in treating patients who require emergency care.  If you need a COVID-19 Test below are the locations currently offering them in Shelby County. 

  • MHP Family & Internal Medicine; 2451 Intelliplex, Suite 260.  Mon. - Fri.: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 317.398.0121  (for established patients)
  • MHP Pediatrics; 2451 Intelliplex, Suite 240, (children 18 and under) Mon. - Fri.: 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. 317.398.7337
  • MHP Priority Care; 30 W Rampart, Mon. - Fri.: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sat. & Sun.: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. 317.398.7644
  • Shelby County Health Department; 1600 E State Road 44, Suite A, Mon: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. (closed for lunch 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) Thurs: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (closed for lunch 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)
  • Walgreens; 1010 E SR 44, Schedule: www.walgreens.com/findcare/covid19/testing
  • For additional testing options visit www.coronavirus.in.gov/covid-19-testing-information/ or DIAL 211.

 

Pediatric Covid update:  One of the state’s leading pediatric hospitals shared data with MHP comparing their December 2020 Covid statistics to December 2021.  The data shows an 88% increase in pediatric patients testing positive and a 35% increase in pediatric Covid admissions.   

 

Inpatient unit: All 40 of our 40 beds remain full on our 3rd-floor inpatient unit and that has been the case almost every day since December 11th.  The ACC inpatient unit is nearly full with 16 patients.   

 

·     We currently have 14 critical care patients on the 3rd floor, and 11 (79%) of those patients are due to Covid. Of the 14 Covid-related critical care patients, only two are vaccinated.   

·     We have four patients on ventilators and all of those patients are Covid positive and none of them are vaccinated. We have ten additional patients who are on Vapotherm or BiPap, and all of those patients are Covid positive. 

·     Twenty-three (58%) of our inpatients are Covid positive, and twenty (87%) of them are unvaccinated.

 

Regeneron supply:  As of this morning, we had 92 doses of Regeneron remaining.  We will run out by Wednesday as we continue to infuse over 30 patients per day.      

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