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Forsyth Fast Facts

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Items of interest from Village staff and the Dec. 19 Board meeting


Trustees voted 5-1 in favor of passing the 2011 property tax levy. Steve Hubbard cast the lone “no” vote. The levy was raised by 4.9 percent over the prior year’s levy, as has been the practice for the past 13 years.

Trustees approved an ordinance granting the Comfort Inn’s petition for a special use permit to retain its existing non-conforming pole sign.

Trustees approved the Village’s revised Purchasing Policies and Procedures effective Nov. 7. The document establishes uniform standards and procedures for all department heads, supervisors and commissions in the purchase of all goods and commodities and contractual/ professional services.

Trustees voted unanimously to notify Rep. Bill Mitchell (R-Forsyth) and State Sen. Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) that Forsyth has decided not to pursue and participate in a capital spending plan for two separate allocations totaling $300,000 which Mitchell announced he had attained in 2009.

Trustees unanimously accepted the recommendation of Village Administrator Heather Kimmons to authorize the public release of the verbatim audio/video recordings of the Board’s closed meetings held May 21, 2007, and June 4, 2007, and to further authorize her to report this action to the Illinois Attorney General’s Public Access Counselor.


The winner of the Village-sponsored “Paint the Plow” contest is Warrensburg-Latham High School. Don Gruber of Clinton, a local artist recommended by the Decatur Area Arts Council, was the judge and chose the Warrensburg-Latham art department’s entry over the Maroa- Forsyth art department’s entry.

Construction on the Shadow Ridge water main extension will be completed by mid-January, according to a report from Village Engineer Chuck Hunsinger.

Pay increases as recommended by Public Works Director Larry Coloni and former Head Librarian Jean Campbell were approved by Village Administrator Heather Kimmons and granted to employees effective Dec. 4. All the pay increases granted were within the budgeted amounts previously approved by trustees and come after the completion of annual evaluations of department personnel.

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