News Archives for 2019-06

Bob Wortman surprised with presentation of Sagamore of the Wabash

Major Health Partners is putting final touches on its new MHP Intelliplex Professional Building, which will house the Sue Ann Wortman Nephrology Center. 


(Photo courtesy of Blue River Community Foundation)


Bob Wortman, owner of J.R. Wortman Co. of Morristown, was a key contributor with his  monetary gift to establish the nephrology center which will be named for his late wife, Sue Ann, who died in 2015.


In 2015, Wortman made a contribution to the Hancock Regional Hospital Foundation for its new cancer center,  that was added to the hospital campus in Greenfield.  The center is now called the Sue Ann Wortman Cancer Center.


Those are just two examples of how the long time Morristown resident and business owner has given back to his communities.


And two examples of why Wortman was recently granted the Sagamore of the Wabash.  Something he didn’t know was coming.









Downtown proposal moves forward with new price tag


Next stop for the plan to revitalize Shelbyville's downtown – getting a better idea of the cost.


On Wednesday, the city's Redevelopment Commission unanimously approved going ahead with the proposal by private developers.


But the commission put a cap on their request for public funding.


The developers want the city to put up millions of dollars in public funds to support the project, which includes building executive housing at the former Major Hospital site on West Washington Street and in the Methodist Building on the Public Square, plus extensive redesign of the square itself.


Genesis Property Group is asking the city for infrastructure, such as streets and sewers, a parking garage behind the Methodist Building (pictured), and a complete redesign of the Public Square.


At the noon-time public hearing in City Hall, several people asked questions about the proposal, including life-long resident, Brandi Wilson.


“So I just need to get a better understanding of where's the money coming from? Why we're doing this, I mean, I understand you guys want to bring in the high-powered people, but if they don't have something to come to, you know, besides the housing, and some street redesigns, what do we have to offer them?” she asked.


Redevelopment Commission member Sam Terrell replied that the idea is the project will draw both new residents, and new businesses and amenities to the downtown area.


He pointed to Franklin or Greenwood as examples of the potential for redoing the Public Square.


Another resident, Tom Lapinski, questioned if the city would actually lose parking spaces because of the development.


Mayor Tom DeBaun replied no, that wouldn't happen.


Responding to another question from Wilson, the mayor said property tax dollars would not be used to pay for the city's part of the project.


“So the money we would be using to fund this would be a combination of gaming money from the racino. Be a combination of TIF revenue, which is Tax Increment Financing, and then economic development money through, potentially, EDIT or some other means. We are not; we have no intention whatsoever, and we've said this openly from the beginning; we do not intend to impact general fund dollars, which are property tax dollars, that each one of us pays, myself included,” said DeBaun.


In addition, the mayor said Shelbyville is due to receive about $6.2 million from the state when the city takes over maintenance of State Road 9 from I-74 through the downtown where it becomes Harrison Street, a process called relinquishment.


That's not a done deal yet, the mayor said, but it's close.


After hearing from two other residents, the Redevelopment Commission voted go ahead and get estimates for the publicly-funded infrastructure, parking garage and redesign of the Square.


But the commission put a cap of $19 million on those items, which is 15 percent less than the $22.4 million the developers had requested.


City attorney Jennifer Meltzer, who's also director of the Redevelopment Commission, said now developer Genesis Property Group will seek proposals from contractors to do the work.


That will give the city a firm estimate of the cost.


Meltzer said there's no deadline at this point by which the city is to receive those proposals.

FBI conducting search at Shelby County home

The FBI initiated a search early Wednesday morning at a Shelby County residence.


Law enforcement personnel were on the scene at the home at 4333 East State Road 244, just off the I-74 exit, since the 6:00 am hour.  The property is owned by Robert Elliott.


Personnel clad in blue shirts with "FBI" in yellow letters have moved several boxes in and out of the home.  Some of the boxes long and narrow.



No information has been released about what prompted the search.



The same property has been involved in recent events involving law enforcement in the past two years.


Monday, October 23, 2017

A warrant service at a rural Shelby County home drew more of a police presence when the suspect failed to respond to law enforcement’s requests to come out.


The Shelby County Sheriff’s Department was serving a warrant to Mason Elliott at 4333 East State Road 244 Monday morning.  When Elliott, 23, of Shelbyville, failed to turn himself over initially, Shelbyville Police, with a negotiator, and a SWAT team were called to the scene and staged activities at the neighboring St. Vincent Catholic Church.


Shortly after, Shelbyville Police say that Elliott came out and surrendered to law enforcement without further incident.


Charges pending include dealing cocaine or a narcotic drug and two counts of invasion of privacy.



Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Gunshots were exchanged as a Shelby County burglary attempt was broken up.


Robert Elliott, 84, fired at two would-be masked burglars who were spotted on surveillance video. 

Jajuan Dinkins, 18, and Roan Walters, 20, were arrested after being found by authorities in a nearby cornfield.  They were seen on video using an ax to break into a barn door. 


A third suspect was later arrested in Marion County.

SCS prepares to open preschool and says farewell to David Adams


Shelbyville Central Schools is set to begin a new chapter in local education with the opening of the Golden Bear Preschool.


And the school corporation is set to close a chapter with the retirement of Superintendent David Adams.


Late Tuesday afternoon, members of the SCS school board toured the new preschool now under construction in the former Marsh Supermarket building at 1015 E. State Road 44.


There was noticeably less debris and dust in the facility, and following the school board meeting after the tour, new interim Superintendent Mary Harper said they were looking ahead to opening day.


“It is on track to open. It is on track to open. That one thing about the internet and the phones is maybe gonna push it back a week for registration, uh, but we are gonna be ready to go and, with kids in there by August the first,” said Harper (pictured).


The internet and phone issue Harper referred to came up during the tour of the new preschool.


Architects Schmidt & Associates told the school board that a problem with Comcast delayed installing the phone and internet lines, so they went with AT&T as the provider.


However, enrollment at the preschool has been so strong they've had to add another community classroom, Harper said.


She estimated total enrollment is about 225 students.


Excitement about the preschool opening was tempered a bit since Tuesday's school board meeting was the last one for retiring Superintendent David Adams.


At the end of the meeting, the board presented Adams with a rocking chair.


Adams' last day at Shelbyville Central Schools is Thursday.

Special public hearing on downtown project is Wednesday


At noon Wednesday, the Shelbyville Redevelopment Commission is due to hold a public hearing on a proposed plan to revitalize the city's downtown.


Mayor Tom DeBaun wants an estimated $22.4 million in public funding to support the plan put forth by three local developers.


Ron Kelsay of Genesis Property Group, along with Tim Barrick of Ratio Architects and Chris King of Runnebohm Construction Co., created the development proposal.


Their plan includes building executive homes at the old Major Hospital site on West Washington Street and townhomes across the street, along with upscale living spaces in the Methodist Building on the Public Square.


The $22.4 million in public funding requested in their plan would be used for infrastructure, such as sewers and streets, at the Major Hospital site, a parking garage behind the Methodist Building, and extensive renovation of the Public Square itself (artist rendering pictured).


City Attorney Jennifer Meltzer, who's also director of the Redevelopment Commission, said if the commission gives the OK, the city will seek bids to get firm cost estimates for those items.


The public hearing at noon today is to be held in City Hall, 44 W. Washington St., second floor.


County to look into pond causing waves with neighbors


A pond that disrupted a drainage tile apparently has created a ripple effect with nearby landowners in the western part of the county.


The matter is a case study on the many drainage issues faced by the Shelby County Commissioners.


On Monday, the commissioners, convened as the County Drainage Board (file photo), heard from Mark Stevens about flooding on his property.


Stevens lives on County Road 250 West, south of State Road 44 near the Johnson County line.


This was his second trip to the Drainage Board about the problem.


“I come here a year ago; I have a drainage issue there, and, uh, I'm not sure if it's the ditch or the lake that was built next to me improperly, but there is an issue there, and I need it addressed somehow. Every year that, that, my yard is, is more and more of a lake, and somehow it needs to be addressed,” Stevens said.


The Glen Denning county legal drain runs southwest through Stevens' property, and his neighbor's land along with other properties. The drain is several miles long and empties into Sugar Creek.


When the neighbor's pond was dug about 10 years ago, it disrupted the tile, and though another tile was put in around the pond, it hasn't done the job, Stevens said.


An assessment attached to property tax bills would need to be placed on the landowners served by the drain to generate funds to make repairs.


Legal drains like the Glen Denning are created when landowners ask the commissioners to do so and agree to be assessed payments for the cost and maintenance incurred by the county.


Payments are calculated based on the amount of land each person owns.


Members of the Drainage Board acknowledged Stevens' problem, but noted that one person owns the majority of the land in the watershed served by the Glen Denning legal drain.


The owners of the majority of land in the watershed, in this case, one person, would have to agree to the assessment for repairs.


Drainage Board members, and Stevens, noted that, with the price of corn as low as it is, farmers like the watershed's majority landowner would be hard pressed right now to pay an assessment.


The board will try to resolve the issue as soon as possible.


In other matters, the County Commissioners set July 15 as the date to open bids on tearing down a condemned house in Flat Rock.


The commissioners heard from County Sanitarian Robert Lewis who said the owner of the house at 3144 E. Vandalia Road has not made requested repairs.


Lewis will notify the owner of the pending demolition. The cost of removing the house will be passed on to the owner if there's no response to the notice.

Industry veteran Matthew Parrish named CEO of Knauf Insulation, Inc.

Knauf Insulation, Inc. (KINA), a leading manufacturer of glass mineral wool insulation, has announced that industry veteran Matthew Parrish has been named chief executive officer (CEO) of the company.


Parrish’s elevation to the position of president and CEO is part of a broader reshaping of the Knauf Group global leadership teams following the company’s recent merger with USG Corporation. He replaces Christopher Griffin, who was recently named CEO of USG Corporation. The two companies are going to continue to operate as separate entities.


“Matt is a dynamic, progressive leader with deep management expertise and a track record of delivering measurable results in our industry,” said Manfred Grundke, general partner of Knauf Group. “We have full confidence he will thrive in this new role while continuing the focus on developing and engaging the Knauf team to effectively execute the strategy that was set in motion under previous leadership.”


“Matt’s demonstrated ability to drive sustainable growth will continue to help Knauf lead the industry,” said Griffin, who served as CEO of KINA for three years and originally hired Parrish in June 2017.


Parrish joined KINA as vice president of Residential and Light Commercial Sales and has significant expertise in commercial excellence, product management, cross-functional diversification and talent development. With the industry changing at breakneck speed, Parrish is ready to hit the ground running.


“The norms of yesterday are not the norms of today,” Parrish said. “Customers are expecting more, and we need to recognize that and deliver. I’m convinced we have the right people to handle the ever-changing dynamics of our customers and our industry. And we have a winning strategy in place. We need to stay laser-focused on that strategy while being nimble and agile in our execution.”


Parrish has over 29 years of experience in the building materials industry with primary focuses in the disciplines of insulation and cement. He grew up just outside the Kansas City area in Missouri and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.


“I look forward to bringing my cross-functional leadership style into this new role and carrying out the strategy set forth by my predecessor,” Parrish said. “KINA is and will continue to be a leader in sustainable thermal and acoustical glass mineral wool insulation.”


About Knauf Insulation North America (KINA)

KINA is a leading, family-owned global manufacturer of thermal and acoustical glass mineral wool insulation for residential, commercial, industrial, OEM and metal building applications. It’s KINA’s mission to challenge conventional thinking and create innovative solutions that shape the way we live and build in the future, with care for the people who make them, the people who use them and the world we all depend on.


In 2009, KINA launched ECOSE® Technology, a revolutionary formaldehyde-free binder that redefined how the industry viewed insulation, and has continued its commitment to leadership in sustainability by being the first glass mineral wool insulation brand to disclose all of its product ingredients through the International Living Future Institute’s Declare list, receiving Red List-free status with several of its products.

Public hearing on $22.4 million downtown plan set for noon June 12


The Shelbyville Redevelopment Commission has set the time for a public hearing on a proposed $22.4 million downtown renovation.


Commission members voted at their meeting Monday evening to hold the hearing at noon on June 12, according to city attorney Jennifer Meltzer. It will be the city's second public hearing on the project.


Speaking on Tuesday morning after the meeting, Meltzer, who's also the director of the Redevelopment Commission, said the city's still talking with the developers about the cost.


“The request for proposal that was received back in March is the request for proposal that we have. The (pause), that request has been and is continuing to be negotiated, and those numbers were the ones that were given to the public at the previous hearing. And those numbers have not changed and have not been updated,” she said.


Those numbers total $22,360,000 that the three developers – Genesis Property Group, led by Ron Kelsay, co-owner of the Riverfront Taproom; Tim Barrick of Ratio Architects; and Chris King of Runnebohm Construction Co. – have asked the city to contribute to the project.


Their request includes:



  • Infrastructure for executive homes at the former Major Hospital site on West Washington Street and townhomes across the street; 



  • Construction of a parking garage to support upscale living spaces in the Methodist Building, 23 Public Square;



  • Extensive remodeling of the Public Square itself, similar to what's happening now on East Washington Street.



The Redevelopment Commission's public hearing on the matter, at noon next Wednesday, is due to take place in Shelbyville City Hall, 44 W. Washington St.


In another matter, Meltzer said the commission Monday evening delayed a proposal to sell land on the city's east side to Greenleaf Foods SPC.


The company plans to build a facility on a 57-acre site on East State Road 44 just beyond Interstate 74 to manufacture vegetarian burgers and sausages, creating an estimated 460 new jobs. The site is part of a larger property owned by the Redevelopment Commission.


Meltzer said Greenleaf executives have been out of the country and unavailable to sign the necessary papers for the land sale. She expects to close on the deal by July 1.


County seeks funding for more bridge upgrades


County officials are set to ask the state for funding to begin the next round of bridge projects.


On Monday, the Shelby County Commissioners heard from Mike Obergfell, vice president of USI Consultants, their advisor on the bridge-improvement program (pictured).


He told the board that three bridge upgrades and repaving on Fairland Road are in the works, and he'll be applying for state funding to help the county cover the cost, starting with Bridge 12.


“We did an estimate on it and currently it's estimated at about $340,000, which, along with Bridge 10, Bridge 133 and County Road 400 North from I-74 to Fairland getting resurfaced, we're about $1.2 million which would mean about $925,000 in Community Crossings money,” Obergfell said.


Bridge 12 is on County Road 700 North just west of London Road spanning Sugar Creek.


Bridge 10 is on County Road 800 North one-half mile west of CR 800 West and crosses Snail Creek.


Bridge 133 is on County Road 600 East three-quarters of a mile north of CR 850 South and spans the Flat Rock River.


Community Crossings is the grant program from INDOT launched in 2013 to help counties improve their roads and bridges.


Shelby County qualifies for an 80-20 match in funding, with the state providing the 80 percent of the project cost and the county covering 20 percent.


In 2017, the county received more than $564,000 in funding through the program, according to INDOT's website.


Applications for the next round of Community Crossings grants will be accepted starting July 1.


In other matters, the County Commissioners approved a tax refund for Brian Mohr totaling $3,480.


The commissioners also approved a request by maintenance supervisor Frank Burch to have Pierce Tree Service trim hedges and trees on county properties at a cost of $3,500, same as last year.


And the commissioners heard from Mike Fahrbach, a sales representative for Constellation Energy, offering the county a way to lock in a fixed price for natural gas.


The commissioners asked county attorney John C. DePrez IV to review the proposal.

SR 44 closed near Ray's Crossing for two-vehicle accident

A serious two-vehicle accident has closed State Road 44 east of Ray's Crossing into the 7:00 am hour Monday.


Both lanes are closed as of this report.


Law enforcement and emergency personnel are on the scene.



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