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Forsyth Fast Facts

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Items of interest from the Feb. 7 Board meeting


  • Following a review of Plan Commission recommendations based on five recent hearings for businesses seeking special use permits, trustees took action. The Board voted unanimously to allow Village Antique Mall to construct a fenced garden area for customers’ use as well as a nearby fenced bistro area. Also, in unanimous votes for both Aspen Dental and Waite’s Drycleaners, trustees granted the former the use of a monument sign that would encroach into a side yard setback on Highland Drive, and for the latter, an awning that would exceed the maximum number of wall signs allowed at its Magnolia Avenue business address. Power Wash Services on Highland Drive also received unanimous approval for its request to add two signs, but owner Tim Nord requested and received trustee approval to withdraw and seek legal counsel for his request to retain an offsite sign located on the adjacent property he sold to Aspen Dental.
  • The Parks & Recreation Committee has full membership, including two alternates, with the recent appointment of Bernadette Birkholtz of 826 Fairway Drive as a second alternate, following a unanimous vote among trustees.
  • Trustees unanimously approved the Forsyth Family Fest theme, “Building Dreams,” and entertainment, amusement, fireworks and tent rental contracts for the annual community event set for June 17-18. The latter three contracts come at the same rates as the previous year, and the entertainment contract is “...significantly less than has been paid for entertainment in prior years,” according to Village Administrator Heather Kimmons.


  • The Village’s infrastructure maintenance will be among the topics discussed at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, in Village Hall when trustees meet to discuss capital expenditures for the Village’s new fiscal year beginning May 1. Public Works Director Larry Coloni said he will provide a maintenance plan to trustees once budget discussions begin. Trustee Eric Morr made the inquiry after receiving questions from residents concerned about pavement cracks in Schroll Pointe Estates.
  • A motion by trustee Eric Morr supported by trustee Steve Hubbard failed to gain the full Board’s approval. Morr had proposed spending $5,000 on engineering costs to develop a plan for a bike path connection on the southwest side of the Village.
  • Five funding requests were presented to trustees by representatives of Futures Charity Golf Tournament, Decatur Celebration, Decatur Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Rodney Miller Triathlon and Macon County Fair. If approved, the Village will grant their requests with funds collected through hotel/motel taxes, which must by law be used to support tourism efforts. Additional funding requests that would be financed by the Village’s general fund if approved, came from the Decatur Park District as part of the Special Recreation Association intergovernmental agreement and from the Maroa-Forsyth High School post prom committee. Trustees will vote on all requests at a later date. Not present to offer their usual annual funding requests were representatives from Lakeside Music & Arts Festival, Economic Development Corporation and Warrensburg-Latham post prom committee.
  • An open discussion of the value of the Village’s volunteer advisory committees drew mixed reactions among trustees. Village Administrator Heather Kimmons told trustees their discussion could lead to a policy decision, but they opted to table the issue until a future meeting.

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