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Forsyth Fast Facts

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Items of interest from Village staff and the July 5 Board meeting

BOARD DECISIONS

  • Trustees unanimously approved deleting the Village’s current smoking regulation provisions from Forsyth’s code of ordinances and formally recognizing the Village’s adoption of the Smoke-Free Illinois Statute.
  • Trustees unanimously agreed to expand the existing nuisance ordinances to include a section on “public nuisance noise.”
  • Trustees discussed the circumstances involving a Plan Commission recommendation to deny a request from Power Wash Services at 138 Highland Drive for a nonconforming sign that exceeds the maximum height allowed and encroaches five feet into the side yard setback. The request came from the owner, who said the business has seen fewer customers and less water usage since the original sign was taken down as a result of nearby construction that interfered with its visibility. Trustees Steve Hubbard and Larry Reed voted in favor of allowing the request while the majority of trustees upheld the Plan Commission’s recommendation based on the zoning ordinance and the Village’s long-range comprehensive plan.
  • Forsyth trustees voted unanimously to reject all bids received for the Village’s portion of a water pipeline associated with the village of Oreana. Oreana was unable to take action on its section in June and Forsyth trustees prefer that both villages do the project in unison. Forsyth’s Village Engineer Chuck Hunsinger said Oreana plans to rebid its portion of the project this fall.
  • Trustees authorized Village Engineer Chuck Hunsinger to begin design work on the Hundley Road sewer extension as well as the Shadow Ridge subdivision water main and Cox Street from Smith Street to Rt. 51 project. All three projects are budgeted items.
  • Trustees authorized expenditure of budgeted funds to replace two Beaver Creek lift station pumps at a cost of $11,582. The existing two pumps will be replaced with non-clogging pumps, according to Public Works Director Larry Coloni.

OTHER NEWS

  • Dunkin’ Donuts is considering a Forsyth location. Village Administrator Heather Kimmons told trustees at their July 5 meeting that the company is “very interested” in the Village, but is looking for potential franchise owners. Kimmons also shared that Mc- Donald’s plans to rebuild at its current location within the next year and as part of that project will be asking for multiple special use permits, including a request to retain its non-conforming sign.
  • Village Administrator Heather Kimmons is preparing an evaluation form for use in reviewing the work of the Village clerk, Village treasurer, Public Works director and Forsyth Public Library director. The same form is expected to be used by trustees in evaluating Kimmons’ work performance.
  • Mayor Hap Gilbert sought Board support of a letter-writing project to selected U.S. representatives and senators asking they not support pending federal legislation to increase heavy truck maximum weights. The mayor said his intent was to call attention to this matter since he had been contacted about infrastructure concerns facing several municipalities throughout the state. Trustees declined after hearing details of the form letter provided by the group lobbying against the legislation.
  • Trustees reviewed the Village’s strategic plan which was approved in late 2010. Village Administrator Heather Kimmons said the review comes at a time when staff is beginning the process of updating the Village’s comprehensive plan and making anticipated modifications to the zoning ordinance.

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