SHELBY — Monday, the Village of Shelby authorized Fleis & VandenBrink to complete the design engineering and bid documents for the replacement of Sixth Street sidewalk, leading up the hill to Mt. Hope Cemetery, slated to begin in the spring of 2022.

The expected project cost of $72,000, has been on the village’s capital improvement plan for a couple of years and will be split between two fiscal years. According to the memo from village Administrator Brady Selner the Township of Shelby is willing to collaborate with the village to complete the portion of the project located within the township limits, and has committed $40,000 to complete the project. The memo continued saying the township has also requested a handrail be installed as part of the project. Engineer Don DeVries of Fleis & VandenBrink has recommended no railing due to the continued upkeep and maintenance, but it could be added if both entities request it. The additional cost of the hand railing would be $28,000. The reconstruction plan includes bringing the sidewalk down to street level and constructing a new retaining wall to the south. The sidewalk itself will be widened from its current 44 inches to five feet. After discussing the logistics, the use the sidewalk currently receives, as well as the pros and cons of installing a hand railing, the council concluded that adding a handrail to the project wasn’t needed and did not vote to increase the project amount.

In his president’s report, Paul Inglis officially welcomed new business owners to the village. Daryl Mercer, a resident of Sixth Street, purchased Uncle Mike’s Auto Body Shop in September and is officially open as of Oct. 12. The former Kaposky Car Wash was purchased in January, has received a face lift and has been in operation for several months. He encouraged everyone to support their local businesses.

Local resident John Adams once again spoke during public participation saying, “Here I am again to see if anything has been done with regards to creating an ad hoc committee to discuss ideas for reducing the village’s carbon footprint.” Council member Dan Zaverl challenged Adams about the cost of some of the alternatives he had suggested earlier saying, “I think you’re barking up the wrong tree. The Village of Shelby can’t afford it.” Following a brief discussion and clarifications by Adams, Inglis told him that if he could come up with five individuals who would be willing to sit on an ad hoc committee to discuss options, he would be willing to consider the idea. Inglis also asked Adams to provide the credentials or reasons for wanting to be involved for those names he submits.

Council set trick or treating hours for Sunday, Oct. 31 from 6-8 p.m. in the village.