Printer Friendly Version

Village Vision News

Forsyth Fast Facts

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Items of interest from Village staff and the Oct. 3 Board meeting


  • Trustees voted unanimously to grant a variance of the Zoning Ordinance allowing petitioner Robert Van Meter at 411 Smith Street to encroach eight inches into the required side yard setback in order to construct a new garage on an existing slab.
  • A single regulatory group to be known as the Planning and Zoning Commission has been formed by combining the Plan Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals, following unanimous acceptance by trustees. In a separate vote, trustees accepted the mayoral appointment of seven regular commission members and two alternates, based upon the recommendation of Village Administrator Heather Kimmons. (see the next issue for details.)
  • A brief discussion Oct. 3 led by Public Works Director Larry Coloni on a revision to the Village’s building code, as endorsed by Village Administrator Heather Kimmons, resulted in a unanimous vote by trustees to enact Ordinance No. 829, requiring exit signs and emergency lighting in all commercial buildings within the Village.


  • Village Administrator Heather Kimmons advised trustees at their Oct. 3 meeting that the Zoning Board of Appeals and Plan Commission met Sept. 29 to review multiple requests for variances and special use permits as requested by McDonald’s. Kimmons said a presentation will be made to trustees at their Oct. 17 Board meeting in deference to a prior request of McDonald’s.
  • The Village’s 2011 street improvements project has been underway since Sept. 7 with completion expected Oct. 26. Village Administrator Heather Kimmons asks residents to check the Village’s website at and the Village’s Facebook page to learn about the latest work schedules in their subdivisions. Village Engineer Chuck Hunsinger told trustees that paving occurs after the soil cement is cured to a specific strength.
  • The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is requiring another public notification for the County Highway 20 improvements project with notices to be sent to adjacent landowners asking for comments, according to Village Engineer Chuck Hunsinger.
  • Construction of the Ruehl/Elwood streets storm sewer has been completed with street patching and yard seeding to be done, said Village Engineer Chuck Hunsinger.
  • The Shadow Ridge Estates water main extension has been advertised for bids, to be opened on Oct. 11, according to Hunsinger.
  • After a request from the Hickory Point Historical Society, Public Works staff members have painted the old pump on Ruehl Street and installed a boulder next to it. The Society hopes to add a plaque on the boulder explaining the pump’s significance as an historical site.
  • Public Works staff will plant a total of 36 trees this fall in the park and behind Hickory Point Mall.
  • A fall display complete with a scarecrow in the Youth Garden at Forsyth Public Library was created by local members associated with the Garden Club of Decatur.

^ Back to Top ^

Site by HomeSight, LLC