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Forsyth Fast Facts

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Items of interest from Village staff and the Jan. 2 Board meeting


  • Trustees unanimously approved Ordinance No. 839, which will rescind the half-percent sales tax increase passed in 2007 at such time as the school district completes its payments on the alternate revenue bonds taken for the new Maroa- Forsyth Grade School.
  • Special use permits for signage were granted to Country Financial on Koester Drive and Power Wash Services on Highland Avenue during the Jan. 2 Board meeting and following an affirmative recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting held Dec. 29. Trustees voted unanimously to approve Country Financial’s petition to use the existing roof sign location which faces Rt. 51, but Mayor Hap Gilbert had to break a tie vote in favor of Power Wash Services’ petition to reinstall a pre-existing non-conforming sign on the parking lot after trustees Bob Rasho and Marilyn Johnson’s voted “no” counter to trustees Eric Morr and Steve Hubbard’s “yes” votes. Trustees were unanimous in support of a Planning and Zoning Commission recommendation to deny Herzog Quality Optical at the corner of Rt. 51 and Shafer Street a special use permit for a nine-foot tall sign with changeable copy rather than the allowable eight-foot tall sign. In a separate matter, trustees upheld the commission’s recommendation to allow a minor change to the One Market Place planned unit development and approval of a minor subdivision to the same, which would allow replatting the subdivision where Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant, which straddles the property line. Restaurant owners in joint effort with the Village will now return for a change in zoning to C-1.


  • Mayor Hap Gilbert and Village Administrator Heather Kimmons will be among Village representatives who will meet Jan. 20 with the assistant director of tourism for the State of Illinois and the director of the Decatur Area Convention & Visitors Bureau as they discuss the different ways Forsyth can utilize its hotel/motel taxes as a tool for economic development. A full Board discussion Jan. 2 on the proposal to reduce or eliminate Forsyth’s 3 percent hotel/motel taxes was postponed at the mayor’s request.
  • Increased holiday traffic on West Hickory Point Road between Oakland Avenue and the mall during the holiday season has found Macon County Sheriff’s Office deputies working to curb a speeding problem during the peak hours between 3-6 p.m. Deputies at the Jan. 2 Board meeting reported the increased traffic, but no major traffic accidents or burglaries during the month.

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