SHELBY -- Demolition of the old outbuildings at Shelby's light plant site is requiring more work than initially expected because of an unexpected find.
"Numerous large sections of the foundation, the size of a small size car, was unearthed during the excavation work," John Ensman, Shelby's municipal utilities director and deputy director of public service, told Shelby City Council's Utilities and Streets Committee during its monthly meeting Feb. 11.
"Additional work was required to assist with the unexpected excavation, break up, and disposal of extremely large sections
of the concrete foundation from the former ice plant building," he also said.
As a result of the find, a change-order is planned in the demolition contract to account for the extra work.
The cost is $10,000 with legislation being prepared for Shelby City Council on March 1, Ensman reported.
The demolition work began in December.
Page Demolition and Excavating of Lucas, Ohio is leading the effort to demolish the building structures at what also is known as the old drive-thru and ice plant building off Mansfield Avenue.
Ensman said motorists passing by the site may have seen the "large, large pieces of concrete that they (demolition crews) had unearthed."
Once the demolition project is complete, the city reports that it is looking to market the site for sale.
“This is a high traffic area with great potential for a professional building,” Ensman reported this past fall. “The site is highly visible when traveling on Mansfield Avenue.”
In other committee business, efforts are continuing on behalf of the proposed ditch petition to clean up the Black Fork River.
The point has now been reached that final petition language is in place, the committee was told.
In addition, the petition filing date is now scheduled for the week of Feb. 22, Ensman said.
"This will allow for more time to collect the petitioning signatures for the rural area
property owners," he added.
In remarks and in a written report, Ensman detailed that:
* Shelby Mayor Steve Schag will be signing the petition for the watershed area inside of the city corporation limits
* Rural property owners will be signing the petition for the watershed area
outside of the city of Shelby corporation limits
* John Schroeder will collect the signatures for the rural community. Schroeder is a local farmer/property owner and served as organizer of the Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Black Fork River clean-up project, Ensman said by email after the meeting.
In the ditch petition update to the committee, Ensman also said that a final review was planned with Richland County officials from the Soil and Water Conservation District.
"The petition will be hand-delivered to the Clerk of the Board of the County Commissioners," Ensman added.
At the Feb. 11 meeting, the committee addressed multiple other topics, including city of Shelby efforts to treat roads during the harsh winter, planning for the summer's road paving season and an update on an initiative that could result in a pollinating field being developed for bees and butterflies in Shelby. Check the Shelby Daily Globe for upcoming coverage of these topics brought before the committee.