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Forsyth Fast Facts

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Items of interest from Village staff and the July 1 Board meeting

  • Mayor Marilyn Johnson began the July 1 meeting by calling for a moment of silence to honor the recent passing of village employee Mike Cox. “We all mourn his passing,” Johnson said. “Our deepest sympathies extend to his family.”
  • According to Village Administrator Mike Miller’s most recent report to the Board of Trustees, 2013 was one of the most successful tent sales at Hickory Point Mall. The three dealers, Miles Chevy/Nissan, Crown Toyota and Bob Brady, together put in requests for the $7 rebate on a total of 154 automobiles. The sale, which ran June 6-10, saw an increase in sales of 29 vehicles compared to last year’s sale.
  • Ordinance No. 884, an ordinance amending the solicitation requirements with the Village of Forsyth, passed unanimously after a brief discussion at the July 1 board meeting. The ordinance requires a $50 fee, which covers the cost of an applicant’s background check. The permit is only valid for three days.

Charitable organizations like the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts or schools are exempt but still must register with the village.

An obvious question regarding door-to-door solicitation is, “Why not ban all solicitation in the village?” The answer, according to Village Attorney Jeff Jurgens, is that it’s “difficult to ban totally because the courts have ruled that (communities) have to allow soliciting.” Jurgens said that signage on a home stating that soliciting is not allowed would ban solicitors legally from coming to your door.

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