Shelby
A look at the June 2 meeting of Shelby City Council’s Safety Committee. Shown are Committee Chairman and City Council member Derrin Roberts, Tiffiny Ellenberger, Shelby's director of nursing, Beth Conrad, the city of Shelby's director of environmental health, Shelby Mayor Steve Schag and Shelby Police Chief Lance Combs.
 
SHELBY -- Shelby City Council's Safety Committee on Wednesday received an encouraging report on coronavirus numbers in the community.
 
"I am happy to say we do not have any active cases within the city," Tiffiny Ellenberger, Shelby's director of nursing, told the committee in citing data as of Wednesday, June 2. "Therefore no cases are hospitalized."
 
"This is two days in a row now that we haven't had active cases," she also said in her remarks.

She noted that 38 deaths are reported in Shelby during the pandemic. The most recent were two deaths reported on May 21.

The pandemic dates back to March 2020. "We've had a total of 872 cases for the city," Ellenberger told the committee. "834 of those cases have recovered."
 
She noted vaccination efforts involving students, including second-dose shots on May 24.
 
"There were some adults, some school workers, (people) like that, who didn't get vaccinated (earlier) so I did get them vaccinated, as well," Ellenberger said.
 
Last week, Shelby Mayor Steve Schag 
issued a procla­ma­tion re­scind­ing the emer­gency dec­la­ra­tion that had been in place since March 19, 2020 as the coronavirus crisis was taking hold. The emer­gency dec­la­ra­tion was ter­mi­nated ef­fec­tive at 12:01 a.m., May 28, 2021, action prompted by a rapid de­cline in COVID-19 cases. 
 
Safety Committee member and Shelby City Councilman Garland Gates was not in attendance at the June 2 meeting, but he praised officials in a May 27 email after the announcement that the emergency declaration was being terminated.
 
Gates thanked Mayor Schag, Dr. Ajay Chawla (Shelby’s health commissioner and medical director), Ellenberger and Beth Conrad, the city of Shelby's director of environmental health.
 
"What is outstanding is not the termination of your emergency order (although I'm relieved that it's over)," Gates wrote. "What is truly outstanding is your collective, wise leadership to preserve and maintain public health during the dangers of the pandemic." 
 
"Make no mistake: your efforts saved Shelbians' lives," said Councilman Gates, a former Shelby mayor.
 
In other business before the Safety Committee on June 2:
 
* Shelby Police Chief Lance Combs reported that a conditional offer had been made to fill a police officer position.
 
* Combs also provided the committee with an update to highlight the Shelby Police Department's communication needs involving a proposed upgraded radio system.
 
"We got involved with a pursuit that started in town," he told the committee. "By the time the pursuit had made it south of town toward Mansfield, our officers could no longer hear the officer pursuing -- on the radio -- and that pursuit was terminated." 
 
"We are trying to map out some of these locations and areas where we don't have coverage," Combs said of the communications.
 
Combs noted his concerns about what had happened involving that recent pursuit.
 
"The problem with that is if the officer has an accident or wrecks or something bad happens, and he can't reach us, that is a problem," Chief Combs told the committee.
 
After the meeting, Combs said the pursuit had ended up being terminated because of speed but that communications could not be heard directly by a Shelby police supervisor on duty at the time.
 
"The supervisor knew that dispatch was talking to him (officer)," Combs said. "He (supervisor) could not hear the responses from the officer."
 
Combs noted a supervisor's key role in such situations. "If he can't hear, he can't make good decisions," the chief said.
 
Though dispatch was able to hear the communications, the situation puts police "back in the same spot with pursuits that we're playing a game of telephone on the radio," Combs said. "You hear something that I tell you, and you relay it to somebody else, it doesn't take long before you mishear something or don't hear something."
 
* Conrad provided an update on efforts to spread the word about the city's upcoming three-day cleanup event. It is planned from June 24-26 in the empty parking lot south of the old Central school at 25 High School Ave., the Shelby City Health Department reported on its Facebook page. The collection site will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 24 and June 25 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 26, the post stated.
 
"We sent flyers out in all of the utility bills, and we posted them at the library, the senior center, grocery stores, any place we're allowed to post them," Conrad told the committee.
 
* Chief Combs reported that a state inspection of the Shelby city jail had been postponed.
 
"We were supposed to have a jail inspection today (June 2)," Combs said. "The inspector called this morning and had to postpone."
 
A traffic crash had occurred on the inspector's street in Columbus, Combs said. It did not involve the inspector, but the crash on the street "took out his state car, his personal car and his wife's personal car, and he couldn't make it today. So they are rescheduling," Combs told the committee.
 
An update involving Shelby Fire Department activities is expected at the next monthly Safety Committee meeting in July. 
 


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