The Shelby Chamber of Commerce, the Shelby Betterment
Corporation, and the Village of Shelby work together for
business and industrial development in the community.
The Shelby Betterment Corporation, a
non-profit organization, was organized in 1987 with 20 stockholders.
The corporation has helped finance new business ventures within the
community and attract new businesses. The corporation also
strengthens the community through smaller projects.
There are many other organizations
within the community that contribute to the quality of life in
Shelby. These organizations are served by members of all ages.
The Village of Shelby is governed by a Board of Trustees. Municipal
officials include a Board Chairperson and four Board members who are
elected for a term of four years. Polk County has 14 townships and
is governed by three county commissioners elected by popular vote
for four-year terms.
The Village of Shelby is a member of
the Mid-State Interlocal Communities. The communities of Shelby,
Stromsburg, Gresham, Benedict, Hampton, Bradshaw, and Polk comprise
the membership for the organization. The communities meet on a
quarterly basis and are working toward further sharing of resources
to improve operations and services to the communities.
Low Income Apartments
Shelby Village Apartments, built in 1995, contains eight
units (four single-bedroom and four double-bedroom); one unit is
handicapped accessible. This institution is an equal opportunity
provider. Contact Darla Hopwood at (402) 527-5198 for more
Parrish Apartments, built in
1970, contains nine units for low-income families.
New Century Villa, built in
2000, contains two- and three-bedroom duplex units for low income
families. Contact Justin Shavlik at (402) 747-2251 for more
Many new home and renovation activities have been completed during
the past few years. A majority of the new homes are located in
Southwood Subdivision on the south end of town.
The Village of Shelby operates a Down
Payment Assistance program and a Rehabilitation Revolving Loan
program. The programs are funded through CDBG funds received from
the Department of Economic Development. The Village Office
administers the programs. Contact Darla Hopwood, Village Clerk, at (402)
527-5198 with any questions or for further information.
Shelby Public Library
The Shelby Public Library was established in 1988. Currently
the Library has 5,723 volumes of books, 8 periodicals, 606 videos,
132 audio tapes, and over 30 computer programs (CD-ROM) including
Internet access for the community to enjoy. The Library participates
in inter-library loans with the Northeast Library System. The
Library's annual circulation was 7,441 for the year 2000.
The Library does many activities
throughout the year including: winter story hour, summer reading
program, book fair, holiday games and recreation, and quilting and
craft fairs. The Library lets clubs and organizations (Cadette Girl
Scouts, T.O.P.S., and Quilters) use their facilities for meetings.
The Library's business hours are:
Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and
Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hours change for the summer. Contact
Librarian Laura Alt at (402) 527-5181 for more
Shelby's law enforcement includes one Sheriff, five sworn officers,
and seven support personnel. The Shelby Volunteer Fire Department
is manned by 30 volunteer firemen and provides protection for the
village of Shelby as well as areas outside the community limits. The
Fire Department is equipped with one pumper, two tankers and one
quick-response pickup. The community fire insurance classification
inside the corporate limits is 7 and outside the corporate limits is
The Shelby Senior Center had new facilities built in 1995.
The Center provides noon meals, meals-on-wheels, a handi-bus,
quilting, crafts, cards, bingo, pedicures, and programs. The
facilities include: a kitchen, pool table, T.V. and VCR, piano, and
magazines. The facilities are available for rent for functions
(parties, graduations, anniversaries, etc.), contact Phyllis
Schlesinger for more information at (402) 527-5158.
In 1996, the US Postal Service built a new facility in Shelby. There
is one daily mail receipt and dispatch. Services that the Shelby
Post Office offer are: box rentals, express mail, priority mail,
first class, parcel post, International express, registered and
certified mail. Other package delivery services available include
UPS and FedEx.