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Forsyth Fast Facts

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Items of interest from Village staff and the July 18 Board meeting


  • Trustees voted unanimously to adopt the Smoke Free Illinois Act into the Village’s code of ordinances. Penalty provisions range from $100 to $2,500 in fines. Any fines collected will be split between the local law enforcement agency and the Illinois Department of Public Health, according to the statute and as reported by Village Administrator Heather Kimmons.
  • Trustees approved a section addressing “nuisance noise” and added it to the Village code of ordinances. Law enforcement officials will cite violators if the noise is “…plainly audible at a distance of 100 feet from a property line of the lot containing the building, structure or apparatus from which the sound emanates.” Village Administrator Heather Kimmons, in consultation with the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, revised the original draft that trustees had reviewed at their July 5 meeting.
  • Trustees authorized Village Engineer Chuck Hunsinger to advertise bids for the 2011 street improvements project and the Ruehl/Elwood streets storm sewer project.
  • The Village of Forsyth will not subsidize meals for Forsyth residents age 60 and older who participate in the senior meal program sponsored by Maroa Township. Trustees were in agreement, saying that Village residents must pay the full amount of $3 per meal and are not eligible for the $2 price currently charged. Additionally, Village Administrator Heather Kimmons said Hickory Point Township does not plan to subsidize the program.
  • The Village’s sewer jetting machine will be replaced at a cost of $64,201 following a recommendation from Public Works Director Larry Coloni and approval by trustees.


  • Elder Watch will meet at 1 p.m. Aug. 1 in the community center at the Forsyth Public Library. The program will be presented by the Hickory Point Fire Department.
  • Dave Wendt of 797 Christopher Drive, Forsyth Youth League (FYL) treasurer for the past seven years, asked trustees during the public comment portion of the July 18 Board meeting to correct the public record from the June 20 Board minutes to reflect that the league has contributed financially to the Village for its use of the ball diamonds in Forsyth Park. During the past nine years, the league has paid invoices from the Village in amounts ranging from $1,600 to $2,000. Additionally, the league has contributed to some of the ball diamond and concession stand improvements, according to Wendt, who also noted that FYL brings in additional restaurant and gas revenue to the Village.
  • Forsyth’s income tax revenue varies every month and can range from $15,000 to $24,000 per month, according to a report from Village Treasurer Rhonda Stewart. Income tax revenues are based on one-tenth of the net collections of all income tax received and the Village’s population in proportion to the total state’s population. Payment to the Village is lagging by four months with currently an estimated $89,196.49 due.
  • Caldwell Tanks has completed work on the north water storage tank and the tank is back in service. Water samples collected came back “safe for consumption,” according to a report from Public Works Director Larry Coloni.
  • Village Engineer Chuck Hunsinger is preparing three alternative levels of upgrade for the Village to consider as design plans get underway for phase four of the Cox Street improvements.
  • Construction is planned for next year on the Hundley Road sewer extension. Since much of the route is in crops, the needed survey may be postponed until the crops have been harvested. The project consists of extending a sanitary sewer from Hickory Point Estates to Hundley Road to balance the hydraulic load on the Village’s sewer system, according to a report from Village Engineer Chuck Hunsinger.
  • The Taiwan businessman who contacted Forsyth Public Library about donating used books to an elementary school in that country thanked the Village with a phone call to Head Librarian Jean Campbell.
  • The Illinois Municipal League annual conference will be held in Chicago Sept. 15-17. The meeting is designed to strengthen the administration of municipal organizations. Village Administrator Heather Kimmons, Mayor Hap Gilbert and any available trustees will attend.
  • Village Administrator Heather Kimmons has suggested to trustees that they should reconsider the Village’s continuing commitment to the annual Great Forsyth Regional Chili & Salsa Cookoff unless the event has “…the full support, endorsement, backing and participation of the Board.” Trustees tabled the matter after a lengthy discussion in which trustee Steve Hubbard withdrew his motion to authorize an ad hoc committee for the event.

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