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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Items of interest from the April 4 Board meeting

BOARD DECISIONS

  • Trustees supported a recommendation from Village Administrator Heather Kimmons to delay any action on a request from the owner of the Taj of India restaurant for a special use permit regarding signage. Kimmons suggested that the petitioner be required to mail a notice to adjoining landowners and provide proof of proper mailing when the matter will be heard before the Board on April 18. Trustees did approve a special use permit signage request from Hickory Point Mall owners to install a new electronic sign. The new sign was approved by a majority of trustees and is scheduled to be in place by mid-April. The sign meets the requirements of the Village and the Illinois Department of Transportation since its location is directly off Rt. 51 at Barnett Avenue.
  • Trustees denied a request from the owner of Village Antique Mall to make changes to approved plans for a special use permit to construct a bistro and garden at the site. They decided that any modifications counter to the plans described in Ordinance No. 819 must be returned to the Plan Commission for review and recommendation.
  • Trustees unanimously approved the reappointments of Mayor Hap Gilbert and Village resident Tim Patton to serve on the Decatur Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (DACVB) board of directors.
  • Since a full Board was not present on April 4, trustees again tabled discussion of the future of standing advisory committees as well as the Village’s legal and engineering contracts. It was the third time trustees had tabled the discussion.

OTHER NEWS

  • An April 4 public hearing for the fiscal year 2011-12 operating and capital budget drew questions from one Village resident. In answer to a question from Lowell Mielke of 763 Christopher Drive about where the Village will get money to balance the budget, Mayor Hap Gilbert said the Village has a reserve in several accounts. The mayor further asked Village Treasurer Rhonda Stewart to show what funds will be tapped, and to what extent, to cover the projected $1.2 million deficit. Trustees will vote on the final draft of the budget on April 18.
  • During the public comment portion of the April 4 Village Board meeting, resident Lowell Mielke spoke about the need for committees, and Zeth Giles of 942 West Forsyth Parkway addressed trustees for the second time in two weeks, asking them to honor a petition signed by 53 residents who want a stop sign installed immediately at 905 West Forsyth Parkway. The sign would serve as a deterrent to speeding motorists, Giles said. Mayor Hap Gilbert said the matter would be turned over to staff.
  • Public Works Director Larry Coloni offered to provide Macon County Sheriff’s Office deputies with two days of data to help them track the peak times when speeding violations occur on West Forsyth Parkway.
  • Forsyth’s summer recreation program will offer park activities four mornings a week from June 6 through July 21.
  • Village Administrator Heather Kimmons announced that work will resume on the Weaver Road bridge April 25 with an anticipated six to eight weeks needed for completion of the project. The bridge will be closed to all roadway traffic during that period. Pertinent information will be posted on the Village website www.forsythvillage.us.

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