Shelby city officials report the time has come to replace its aging taxi vehicle. Efforts are underway to purchase a used vehicle that would serve as Shelby’s new taxi.

SHELBY — With its existing taxi vehicle nearly 10 years old, the city of Shelby is in the process of replacing it with a newer model.

City of Shelby Project Coordinator Joe Gies and Shelby Mayor Steve Schag provided the details at the Oct. 26 meeting of Shelby City Council’s Public Works and General Operations Committee.

Gies reported that Mayor Schag is actively looking for a replacement taxi.

“The one we’ve got has about had it,” Gies said at the meeting led by committee member and City Councilman Derrin Roberts.

Mayor Schag said the existing vehicle “apparently is on its last legs.” 
“We’ll need to make an upgrade with the taxi vehicle,” he said.

“We have been looking at our local dealers and narrowed it down to five or six vehicles to test drive,” Schag reported. “So we believe we’ve zeroed in on one vehicle.”

The city of Shelby thought it would be able to use some Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding, but that is now not the case.

“I believe we’ll just take it out of the general fund,” Schag said, noting that the purchase amount would fall under $25,000 and involve a 2018 vehicle.

In other business, Gies:

* spoke of the recently completed Shelby City Hall roof replacement project. “We went through the punch list and everything is buttoned up,” he said.

* noted the completion of the parking lot resealing project at Shelby City Hall as part of a joint effort with The Vault Wine Bar. "It's going to make it last a lot longer because it's sealed, and it will keep the water from getting down in it," Gies said of the parking lot after the meeting. "It looks a lot nicer, too."

* reported that the contract with F.E. Krocka & Associates Inc. for engineering services will be expiring at year's end. “We met with them,” Gies said. “They are going to be submitting another contract to us to review. We hope to make that seamless.”

* the city has found a software company to help better administer exterior property maintenance and keep track of the high-grass violations, for example.

“All we have to do is put the data in, and it spits them out,” Gies said. “Much better tracking.”

He expects this to result in time savings, as well.

“Every time a house sells, the Realtor will call me, and then say ‘Do we have any open violations for exterior property maintenance or (high) grass?’” Gies said, adding that leads to other city staff getting involved to check on any outstanding violations.

With the new system, everything will be online for City Hall staff. “Any of us can look and just say, ‘there it is.’ That is a big savings right there,” Gies said. “And it’s nice too, if we get a complaint, I can go (online) and look to see before I even go out if (a health department official) has been there.”

* Provided an update on the downtown Shelby revitalization efforts.

“We are working with the CIC (Community Improvement Corporation) and the plaza and everything over there,” Gies said in reference to Black Fork Commons. “I had a meeting with the architect/engineer last week. Things are moving along.”

* New house construction is continuing in Shelby with an estimated five currently being built.

* Provided a reminder that Shelby’s Halloween parade is planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 with trick-or-treating planned from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. that same day in Shelby, Gies said.

“We get asked that in May,” Gies said of the interest in learning the Shelby trick-or-treat date and time.

Mayor Schag noted that nearby communities work to coordinate times but that they “didn’t hit it exactly” because of the varying nature of some of the Halloween events.

“It’s just trying to make it somewhat in that same timeframe to where communities can share equally and have kind of their own parochial celebrations,” Schag said in remarks to the committee.

Additional Halloween information is available at and on the city’s website.

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