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Forsyth Fast Facts

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Items of interest from Village staff and the June 20 Board meeting


  • Trustees amended a Village stormwater ordinance related to the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System Ordinance and approved two minor changes involving soil stockpiles and the penalty when a violation occurs.
  • Trustees voted unanimously to waive the formal bidding process and authorize funds for ball diamond light updates on diamonds No. 1 and No. 2 in Forsyth Park. Universal Sports Lighting was awarded a contract for $29,778.75, and Egizii Electric Inc. will complete the project for a total of $39,800.


  • The Village will take “a middle ground approach” this year con- Forsyth Fast Facts cerning enforcement of a Village ordinance requiring a permit for fireworks. Deputies from the Macon County Sheriff’s Office will give a written warning to first time violators who do not have a permit and will issue a citation the second time. Village Clerk Kathy Mizer said she has issued no permits for this Fourth of July. Permit requirements are stiff in accordance with a 2006 directive from the Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshal, according to Village Administrator Heather Kimmons. Kimmons said it is too late to change the Village’s ordinance, but it is a matter of policy to show that enforcement is wanted. To that end, she has worked with the deputies to arrive at this year’s approach after deputies asked for guidance on how to apply both the Village ordinance and the state law. Fines are set at up to $2,000 by ordinance, and state statute includes provisions for imprisonment. Deputies defined fireworks as a “combustible explosion no matter how small.” To report violations, phone 424-1311, which is the non-emergency number for the Macon County Sheriff’s Office.
  • The two-day Forsyth Family Fest ended with the traditional fireworks after rain forced the cancellation of Saturday’s parade. Mayor Hap Gilbert said a combination of community involvement made the annual event a success and singled out trustee Marilyn Johnson and her Activities and Events Ad Hoc Committee for “pulling it all together.” Johnson said Village employees from the Public Works Department deserve recognition for taking over the cooking duties during Friday’s community cookout.
  • Homeowners must replace at their own expense any Village sidewalks they have damaged or broken. Trustees discussed the issue of sidewalks following a homeowner’s complaint that he was cited for a defective sidewalk in front of his home following several complaints from bikers and walkers.
  • Sixty-six families with a total of 115 children have signed up for the Village’s Summer Park Program, according to a report from its director, Mike Poe. Poe provided trustees with an overview of the program’s operation including details on staff, participation and planned activities.
  • Village Administrator Heather Kimmons will revamp a 1978 Village ordinance related to smoking and update it to match the Smoke Free Illinois act. Trustees will review a draft ordinance at their July 5 meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Village Hall. The ordinance change follows complaints from parents at Youth League games in Forsyth Park.
  • The Village’s zoning ordinance contains a section on noise and sound levels applicable to big box stores that locate in the Village. Noise pollution in Village neighborhoods should more appropriately be addressed in a separate nuisance ordinance, according to Village Engineer Chuck Hunsinger. Village Administrator Heather Kimmons said she will review this concept and compile a workable document which trustees can discuss at their next meeting which is set for July 5 in Village Hall.


  • Elder Watch will meet at 1 p.m., July 11, in the community center at the Forsyth Public Library. Guest speaker will be Jim Root from the Emergency Management Agency.
  • Vacation Bible school will be held from 6-8:30 p.m., July 25-28, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church.

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