The mission of the Redevelopment Commission is to promote and encourage business growth and expansion while appropriating land use and improvements within the Town of Shelburn. In doing so, they facilitate discussions on economic development issues, provide land use and development information to local elected and appointed officials, and provide public input on development, land use, and other economic development issues.
Duties of the Shelburn Redevelopment Commission include the following:
If you are interested in being a part of the Shelburn Redevelopment Commission, please send in a letter of intent or fill out an application. You can mail or drop off the application/letter of intent at the Shelburn Town Hall at 15 N. Railroad St. Shelburn, IN 47879. You can also email it to [email protected]. The deadline to apply for the 2024 Shelburn Redevelopment Commission is 4:00pm on January 15, 2022.
You can download an application here or pick one up at the Shelburn Town Hall.
On Monday December 4th Clerk-Treasurer Melissa Copeland as well as Town Council Elects Aaron Lewis, Jared “Opie” Miller, and Alex Norris all traveled to Evansville, Indiana for the day and attended the Newly Elected Officials Training. They are excited to hit the ground running on January 1st!
The Town of Shelburn Indiana is looking for individuals, families, organizations and businesses to “Light the way for Christmas Magic” for the Fourth Annual Discover the Magic of Christmas in Downtown Shelburn. These super cute wooden Christmas lights are 2 feet tall and will line the streets in downtown Shelburn during the month of December. You can choose to put your family name or business name on it or use it as a way to honor or remember a loved one.
The cost to sponsor a light is just $25 and all the funds raised from them will go directly to the Shelburn Park Board and will be used to help finance the Park Board Events and to make improvements to the park properties.
The Fourth Annual Discover the Magic of Christmas in Shelburn will take place on Friday, November 24, 2023 at 5:30pm. It will feature free hot chocolate and cookies while you wait for Santa and his reindeer to arrive! More details coming soon. RSVP on Facebook!
Click Here to download the Sponsorship form or you may pick up a form at the Shelburn Town Hall.
*The Deadline to sponsor a bulb is 4pm on Monday November 20th. Your form AND payment must be turned into Liz at the water office by 4pm on Monday November 20th. Payments must be made in cash, check, or money order and forms must be filled out and turned in.
Town of Shelburn Purchases the Shelburn Ball Diamond and Town Park from Northeast School Corporation for $1
At one time, Shelburn had two elementary schools and a high school. The West Ward Elementary School was located where the Shelburn Ball Diamond is now and the East Ward Elementary School was located where the Town Park is on Mill St. When those schools were closed and consolidated into Shelburn Elementary School in the late 50's, it was agreed upon that the properties would always be used for recreational purposes for the Town of Shelburn. Over the years it was always assumed that the Town of Shelburn owned these properties. However, earlier this Summer Clerk-Treasurer Melissa Copeland was working on a grant for improvements at the Shelburn Ball Diamond and found that wasn't the case. During her research Melissa discovered that the Town of Shelburn didn't actually own their Ball Diamond or their Town Park and that the Northeast School Corporation did. She immediately reached out to Northeast School Corporation Superintendent Dr. Mark Baker to discuss the possibility of Shelburn securing the properties. Dr. Mark Baker and the School Board agreed that Shelburn should own their own Ball Diamond and Town Park and on July 11, 2023 the Shelburn Town Council voted to purchase the Ball Diamond and Town Park property from the Northeast School Corporation for the price of $1. The real estate exchange has been finalized and for the first time ever, the Town of Shelburn now 100% owns their Ball Diamond and Town Park. The Shelburn Park Board has worked tirelessly this Summer to secure a grant for improvements to the Shelburn Ball Diamond and is currently in the process of planning future upgrades to the Town Park as well. There will be a lot of exciting things coming for the youth of Shelburn in 2024!
The Town of Shelburn's Park Board was awarded a $12,000 grant for upgrades and repairs to the Shelburn Ball Diamond. The updates and repairs will consist of making the entire park ADA compliant as well as installing a safety net to protect spectators and children on the playground from foul balls, a new shelter house with picnic tables, a new swing set, and more! The previous swing set was destroyed in a storm during the Spring of 2021 and while there is still a playground there, the area at the ball diamond is the only safe and usable park area in the Town of Shelburn.
Clerk-Treasurer Melissa Copeland stated that she's focused on bringing the quality of life back to Shelburn and the Park Board is really spearheading the efforts on giving the people of Shelburn somewhere safe for kids and families to spend their time. "We have a lot of families here in our little town and new families who are moving in. We want to give everyone, of all ages, somewhere to gather together as a community. We hope that the updates to the Ball Diamond will give the town more sense of pride and will inspire the younger generation to get out and play some ball!
The Shelburn Park Board hopes to have this project completed by the end of March, in time for a "Grand Opening Celebration" at the beginning of the 2024 Spring Baseball and Softball Season. They are already working on their next grant opportunity to make much needed upgrades to the Town Park on East Mill St as well as restoring Dawson Pond. The Shelburn Park Board consists of Danielle Schalburg, Jenny Ransford, Heather Lewis, and Melissa Copeland. The Park Board President Kenny Miller passed away earlier this year and Copeland says they plan to plant a tree at the newly updated park in his memory when the project is finished.
Presenting the check and pictured with Copeland is Wabash Valley Community Foundation Board Chair, Ally Orwing.
The Shelburn Community Club (formerly known as the Shelburn Ruritan Club) has been an important part of the Town of Shelburn for as long as most of the residents can remember. They were instrumental in bringing the community together for festivals, events, fundraisers, and even provided scholarships for kids who lived in Shelburn for many years. In 1976 they created the Shelburn Old Fashioned Days Festival and with its success came the creation of two buildings which still stand in Downtown Shelburn today. The General Store and The Red Garter Saloon were built to provide a place to celebrate the "Old Fashioned Days" of Shelburn. During the festival you could walk into the Red Garter Saloon and have yourself a frosty mug of Root Beer while watching the Can-can girls dance on the stage. Over the years as the Festival has come and gone and the buildings have set vacant, the Community Club still had hopes that one day these buildings would be open and full of people gathering again. The Shelburn Community Club relied heavily on fundraisers to be able to keep these buildings insured, but when Coronavirus shut those down, they were put into some tough financial situations. They unfortunately had to sell some of their downtown properties they owned to be able to keep their club running and keep these buildings insured. Now, with their members aging and not being able to fundraise like they once could, they decided it was time to pass on these buildings to the next generation of do-gooders.
Clerk-Treasurer Melissa Copeland had heard these buildings may be sold in the future and she did not want the Town to miss out on this opportunity. She immediately reached out to Redevelopment Commission President Cole King, who is very passionate about history and trying to restore things from the past, and let him know about the possible sale. They brought the idea to the Redevelopment Commission and they were all on board to attempt to save these properties and make sure they were owned by the Town of Shelburn. The Shelburn Redevelopment Commission is excited to restore these properties and once again create a place for the community to gather. THANK YOU to the Shelburn Community Club for their many years of service to our town. The Shelburn Redevelopment Commission members are Cole King, Jesse Kasinger, Debby Stuck, and Heather Lewis.
Pictured above Left to Right is Shelburn Community Club Member, Aaron Lewis, Shelburn Community Club Vice President Susie Johnston, and Shelburn Redevelopment Commission President Cole King.
General Store & Trading Post and The Red Garter Saloon in the early 2000's.