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Forsyth Fast Facts

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Items of interest from the Dec. 20 Board meeting

BOARD DECISIONS
  • Two Economic Development Committee members previewed the sixth annual Great Forsyth Regional Chili & Salsa Cookoff by serving cups of chili to Board trustees at their Dec. 20 meeting. The cookoff will be held Jan. 15 at the Hickory Point Mall. Trustees were encouraged to sign up to be celebrity cooks. In a unanimous vote, it was agreed to promote the cookoff with $1,000 in hotel/motel taxes.
  • Trustees Eric Morr and Marilyn Johnson cast the only “no” votes as approval was given Dec. 20 to a Zoning Board of Appeals recommendation to grant a variance on a setback for a room addition at 275 Magnolia Drive. Johnson joined Morr in objecting to past inconsistencies when granting variances.
  • Mayor Hap Gilbert reconvened a Dec. 20 closed session lasting more than two hours with trustees taking action on a six-month evaluation with a wage increase for Village Administrator Heather Kimmons, and a Board consensus to proceed with litigation on the taxation issue involving Warrensburg’s Barclay Public Library. Trustees are expected to vote on the latter issue at their Jan. 3 meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Village Hall. 
  • When trustees voted unanimously Dec. 20 to endorse a Finance Committee recommendation to retain the auditing services of Sikich LLP (see related article, front page), trustee Bob Rasho said he was impressed with the committee’s deliberation in making its selection with its option to attach a letter of engagement for one year on the three-year agreement. He asked trustees to consider a review of the professional services for the Village’s engineer and attorney.
OTHER NEWS
  • Village Treasurer Rhonda Stewart reported the Village’s sales tax revenue is up $5,251.33 from this time last year when comparing the 2009-10 and 2010-11 fiscal years.
  • Building Inspector Linn Summers has worked for the Village for 25 years and was among four employees recognized for their service during a Christmas appreciation dinner. Other employees include Wendy Sherman, Forsyth Public Library, 10 years; Parks Director Angie Woodhall, 10 years; and Tom Spriggs, Public Works Department, 5 years.

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