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Forsyth Fast Facts

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Items of interest from Village staff and the Sept. 6 Board meeting

BOARD DECISIONS

  • The Board tabled consideration of a request from Maroa-Forsyth School District to purchase additional land in the proposed Prairie Winds subdivision until research was completed on the status and history of the intergovernmental agreement that made possible the new grade school off County Highway 20 in the same area. The school district hopes to build a new middle school on the additional land within the next several years.
  • The Board approved a request from Decatur Christian School on Grant Street to change the traffic flow on Grant Street between Ruehl and Shafer streets to one-way traveling north on school days between 2:45 and 4 p.m. Assistant Principal Brian Minott said the change will alleviate traffic congestion since the school does not offer bus service and parents are responsible for picking up their children.
  • After hearing a recommendation from Village Administrator Heather Kimmons based on her evaluation of six consulting firms and interviews with the top three, the Board unanimously approved her first choice to partner with the Village in producing a comprehensive long-range plan and a review of all Village development and zoning ordinances. The firm selected was Teska Associates Inc. of Plainfield, Ill.
  • The Board selected one of three options for construction of improvements on Cox Street in the area from Elwood Street to Rt. 51 and approved moving forward with the engineering design in this fiscal year – despite the fact that the cost estimate was nearly $17,000 more than the $58,072 that had been budgeted. The option selected, a concrete street with closed ditches, will mirror the type of work that was ultimately done on Ruehl Street when improvements were made there a few years ago.
  • Chad Mitchell, owner of Chad Mitchell Photography based out of his home on Christopher Drive, was denied a special use permit to install a decorative boulder featuring his business name in front of his house.
  • To help address IDOT concerns for the proposed County Road 20 improvements project, the Board approved an addition to the master plan for multi-use walking/biking paths in the Village.

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