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Forsyth Fast Facts

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Items of interest from Village staff and the Oct. 17 Board meeting

BOARD DECISIONS

  • Village Board trustees unanimously approved two requested variances for landscape setbacks from McDonald’s restaurant following a recommendation from the Zoning Board of Appeals. Trustees further approved a sidewalk variance upon the condition that sidewalks will be installed at the owner’s expense should the Village at any point in the future decide to extend the sidewalks along Rt. 51.
  • Trustees approved a change order for the Ruehl/Elwood streets storm sewer construction. A deduction of $1,060.81 to adjust the contract quantities to equal the as built quantities was approved along with a warranty on the company’s asphalt patch. The project is complete with a final payment of $60,792.19, according to a report from Village Engineer Chuck Hunsinger.
  • Trustees awarded a contract to GRR Construction for the Shadow Ridge subdivision water main project in the amount of $93,953, subject to the receipt of an Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) construction permit.
  • Trustees accepted the recommendation of Village Administrator Heather Kimmons to enact an ordinance effective Oct. 17 that allows electronic attendance of trustees at meetings. Included in the ordinance is a remote attendance policy.
  • The mayor will select honorees for the Village’s annual Pride and Progress Award. The decision to abandon the previous use of a panel of judges gathered from various committees in favor of mayoral selection came following a brief discussion among trustees Oct. 17. Mayor Hap Gilbert said he welcomes residents to contact him with suggestions.

OTHER NEWS

  • In a break from tradition, Village Treasurer Rhonda Stewart will prepare a draft of the 2011 property tax levy for trustees’ review and discussion at the Nov. 7 Board meeting, to be held beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Village Hall. On Oct. 17, trustees revisited an earlier discussion of the topic as Kimmons continues to gather information from other communities statewide to determine how they handle their tax levies when faced with similar situations as Forsyth.
  • Construction work on the 2011 street improvements project is complete with seeding. A small amount of landscaping behind the curbs remains, according to a report from Village Engineer Chuck Hunsinger.
  • The Tree Board would like some of the ground between Hundley Road and West Forsyth Parkway converted to natural prairie grass.

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