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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Items of interest from the Dec. 6 Board meeting

BOARD DECISIONS

  • A resident's opposition to the 2010 property tax levy during the public comment portion of the Dec. 6 Village Board meeting triggered a discussion of its concept before trustees voted 4 to 2 to pass the levy which was set during the Nov. 1 Board meeting. Trustees Jeff Allsup and Eric Morr cast the ""no"" votes.
  • Trustees tabled until Dec. 20 a variance request for the construction of a room addition at 275 Magnolia Drive until Kermit Stokes, the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) chairman, completes the findings of fact for their review. ZBA members held a public hearing prior to the Dec. 6 Board meeting to discuss the variance and voted 2 to 1 in favor of allowing the variance contingent upon an encroachment requirement.
  • Trustees voted unanimously to authorize Mayor Hap Gilbert to approve and sign an intergovernmental agreement with the Decatur Urbanized Transportation Study (DUATS). The agreement is a cooperative effort to coordinate transportation, land use and other related infrastructure in the Decatur Metropolitan Planning Area (MPA). No costs are associated with Village membership.
  • Trustees voted unanimously to renew the Village's liability and workers compensation insurance with the Illinois Municipal League Risk Management Association (IMLRMA) effective Dec. 31 for a one-year period. Total cost of coverage is $52,982.
  • Trustees approved two Village expenditures, including a $26,000 state bid for a 2011 Ford Expedition replacement vehicle for the Public Works Department, and $19,793 for a standby generator set for the Greenbrier subdivision lift station.
  • Trustees approved the appointment of Bill Busbey of 1217 Talon Lane to the Zoning Board of Appeals.
  • Trustee Larry Reed said there was no rush to sell the 21.38 acres in the proposed Prairie Winds subdivision and cast the only ""no"" vote as trustees accepted the recommendation of Village Administrator Heather Kimmons to pass a resolution which would allow the Board to consider offers below 80 percent of the appraised value of the land with added conditions, including reimbursement of $40,335 for a storm sewer that was constructed on the property. Kimmons said the Board could always consider removing the conditions if an offer was received.

OTHER NEWS

  • Deputies from the Macon County Sheriff's Office reported a normal rise in holiday retail thefts at the Hickory Point Mall, but noted that ""significant strides"" have been made to solve earlier reported burglaries in the area.
  • Trustee Eric Morr observed that the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) has not moved forward with the agreed re-striping of the southbound turn lane at the intersection of Barnett Avenue and Rt. 51. Staff will follow up to determine a timeline for completion.
  • At the Dec. 6 Board meeting, Village Administrator Heather Kimmons recommended a closed session to discuss the Barclay Library taxation litigation which she character- ized as ""probable if not imminent.""
  • A $25,000 project development report (PDR) to make the Cox Street extension project shovel-ready for federal funding purposes drew no support from trustees. No motion was offered for implementation.
  • A special use permit for signage at the Forsyth Antique Mall and new signage on the front of the EYEMART building will be discussed when the Plan Commission meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, at Village Hall.
  • Trustees took no action on topics discussed during a Dec. 6 closed session with the exception of approving closed meeting minutes of Nov. 1, 2010.

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