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Forsyth Fast Facts

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Items of interest from Village staff and the May 16 Board meeting


  • The summer recreation program will be led by Mike Poe without co-director Angie Woodhall this year. Woodhall recently resigned due to medical reasons, according to Village Administrator Heather Kimmons. Four former park staffers have been hired to assist Poe, who has assisted Woodhall with the program for the past several years.
  • A part-time library employee will move to full-time status following a recommendation from Head Librarian Jean Campbell and a unanimous vote among trustees. (See details next issue.)
  • The Library Advisory Committee will continue with Head Librarian Jean Campbell as the facilitator following a tie vote broken by Mayor Hap Gilbert. Trustees Marilyn Johnson and Kerstin Trachtenberg joined trustee Bob Rasho in support of his motion to dissolve the Library Advisory Committee and instead rely upon the existing Library Commission, as required by the Library Code. The Library Commission is composed of Mayor Gilbert and trustees Johnson and Larry Reed. A lengthy discussion ensued following Rasho’s motion with trustee Eric Morr taking the position that the Library Advisory Committee is a “…small, dedicated group” which he treats differently from other past committees and which he wants to empower. Trustees Steve Hubbard and Larry Reed joined Morr in favor of retaining the committee
  • Trustees unanimously approved a one-time request from Decatur Christian School to launch hobby kit rockets in Forsyth Park.
  • Trustees unanimously confirmed Mayor Hap Gilbert’s three-year reappointment as a Village representative on the Economic Development Corporation of Decatur and Macon County (EDC).
  • Trustees honored a past practice and agreed to a $7 per car rebate during the June 9-13 tent sale sponsored by the Decatur Automotive Trades Association at Hickory Point Mall.
  • Trustees briefly discussed a plan endorsed by Village Administrator Heather Kimmons to consolidate the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) and the Plan Commission. No formal action was taken although a consensus appeared to support the consolidation as a viable option.


  • The Weaver Road bridge is expected to open the first week in June, according to Village Administrator Heather Kimmons. Deputies from the Macon County Sheriff’s Office reported an increase in speeding tickets issued along Hundley Road and Oakland Avenue due to an increase in motorists taking these routes during the bridge closure.
  • Trustee Bob Rasho cited two pages of the 58-page Open Meetings Act training guide provided on the website of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan ( The two pages, Rasho said, are “…pertinent to the discussion of the Open Meetings Act [that was held] at the last Board meeting.” As elected officials, each trustee is expected to participate in this annual training program for recertification by June 1.

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