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Forsyth Fast Facts

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Items of interest from Village staff and the Aug. 1 and 15 Board meetings


  • Trustees adjoined to open session and voted unanimously after reviewing in closed session performance evaluations and recommendations from Village Administrator Heather Kimmons to increase the salaries of Village Clerk Kathy Mizer and Village Treasurer Rhonda Stewart. The increases are effective immediately. Additionally, Mizer was promoted to Assistant Village Administrator while retaining her present clerk duties. Kimmons will conduct evaluations of other key employees in the weeks ahead. Trustee approval that same evening also came for the closed meeting minutes of June 6, 2011.
  • Trustees unanimously awarded the 2011 street improvements contract to Dunn Company in the amount of $554,076.70. The improvements will be in the Forsyth Park Estates and Stevens Creek Point subdivisions and will include sidewalk ramp and curb repairs. Trustees gave additional approval for expenditures of $61,853 by accepting the lower of two bids from Barr & Robinson Sewer and Excavation for work on the Ruehl/Elwood streets storm sewer project.
  • Trustees unanimously approved the reauthorization of the DUATS (Decatur Urbanized Area Transportation Study) intergovernmental agreement since some additional changes to the 2002 agreement were requested by the Department of Transportation. Village Administrator Heather Kimmons said the changes are not felt to be substantive and recommended acceptance.
  • Trustees unanimously authorized staff and Village legal counsel to move forward in the process of combining the Zoning and Plan commission to form one joint Zoning and Planning Commission. Village Administrator Heather Kimmons said legal steps are needed to effect the consolidation, short of final approval from trustees.


  • Trustees discussed the R-1 single family residential zoning classification after trustee Eric Morr called attention to complaints from some residents about the number of people living in a Schroll Pointe Estates home, and another R-1 property owner in the Stevens Creek Estates subdivision who advertised for nonfamily adult renters. No resolutions were offered for either other than assurance from Village Administrator Heather Kimmons that she believes the ordinance is clear enough and that she has been in contact with the owner- occupant of the former property to verify the number of family members living in the home. Morr said if the ordinance is clear enough he doesn’t think “…it’s a big issue yet.” Village Attorney Darrell Woolums reviewed the matter and in a written memo said the present description of the word “family” is a “circular definition” that could be made clearer. (See details next issue.)
  • Public Works Director Larry Coloni has scheduled sidewalk cutting of trip hazards in the Stevens Creek Point subdivision. Quotes are being compiled for sidewalk, trail and road maintenance work
  • The County Highway 20 pocket park was not included in this year’s Village budget and was relegated to the lowest category for consideration since development of the Shadow Ridge Estates subdivision was delayed. Trustees Eric Morr said the park was not exclusive for this subdivision since residents in the northwest section of the Village have no pocket park. He asked trustees to reconsider funding for an early spring start-up for the park’s development.
  • Trustee Larry Reed suggested that the Village tap into recycling during Forsyth Family Fest and other Village- sponsored events. Public Works Director Larry Coloni said the Village does use containers for recycling during Forsyth Youth League activities in the park.
  • The Plan Commission with Steve Langhoff as chairman will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 25 in Village Hall to hear a request for an exception to a zoning regulation to allow installation of a home business sign in the front yard of 751 Christopher Drive.
  • Statistical reports are being developed following the conclusion of the summer reading program at the Forsyth Public Library, according to a report from Head Librarian Jean Campbell.
  • Approved playground mulch has been added to all Village’s pocket parks where there are playground equipment areas, according to a report from Public Works Director Larry Coloni.
  • Trustees voted unanimously Aug. 1 to amend and update the Village’s electric code to require a battery backup for emergency lighting in buildings supplied with an alternate power supply such as generators or separate services. The amendment is not retroactive and applies to new construction only.

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