Child Town hopes to expand

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By Scotty McDaniel

Former Child Town director Trish Fegenbush came before the Shelbyville City Council on Thursday to share the day care's plans for expansion. She said Child Town hopes to obtain a grant to build a second building to accommodate the center's long waiting list of more than 150 kids.

The planning is still in its infancy, but Fegenbush said she wanted to bring the general idea to the council's attention and ask for its support.

She said they would hope to construct the second building on land at Breighton Circle and I-64.

"They're looking at holding 300 (children)," Fegenbush said. "(They would) build the largest so that it won't be five years or whatever down the road that they'll be looking for more (room)."

Tia Gowers is the current director of Child Town, located in Clay Street Baptist Church at 1940 Midland Trail In Shelbyville. The day care center has been at this location for eight years, but has been serving the community since 1977, accepting children ranging from six weeks to 12-years-old or middle school.

"I think they are a very good, a very quality-oriented day care center and have been for quite a number of years," Fegenbush said.

She pointed out that many of the council members have trusted the center to watch over their own children.

The mayor said he personally would like to see the council support Child Town however it can and asked Fegenbush to keep the council up to date as grants options are explored and more information is gathered.

"I think we all know that good quality day care is very hard to find in this community," Mayor Hardesty said. "Child Town has offered a wonderful service to the community for 31 years." *

Also at the meeting, the city council held second readings for two ordinances regarding Nifco and approved both. The first authorized the execution and delivery of a grant agreement with Nifco North America, Inc. The second authorized the issuance of $19,500,000 principal amount of the city of Shelbyville's tax exempt and taxable industrial building revenue bonds "to finance the costs of the acquisition, construction and equipping of an expansion to a facility approximately 74,000 square feet in size" at High Point Industrial Park, 380 Hudson Blvd. in Shelbyville. The facility will be used for the manufacturing of high precision industrial fasteners.

A public hearing was held prior to the meeting at 6:15 p.m. to allow the public to ask questions or share comments and concerns about the ordinances, but nobody came forward.

Also at the meeting:

* Shelbyville Police Chief Robert Schutte announced the hiring of a new police officer, Jesse Paulley, who comes to the police force with years of experience at the Jefferson County Police Department and the Jefferson County Coroner.

* Council members approved the first reading of an ordinance to adopt the new updated, color-coded and digitized city zoning map created by Triple S Planning and Zoning Commission as the city's official zoning map.

* Joining Optimist International, Mayor Hardesty proclaimed April 14-18, 2008 as Youth Appreciation Week.

* Attorney Austin Hays gave a presentation on behalf of Shelbyville Public Roadways showing plans to alter the old streets of Willis Avenue, Old Vine Street and Short Street that go through the Western District Warehouse Corp. lots and rededicate the path to Equity Street, giving the area's property owners better access.