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Forsyth Fast Facts

Thursday, February 16, 2012

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

BOARD DECISIONS

  • Trustees unanimously accepted a recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Commission for a map amendment for the planned unit development (PUD) of One Market Place at the corner of Rt. 51 and West Weaver Road to allow for the underlying zoning of C-1 (commercial) for all four lots at that location. Previously, three different zoning classifications existed within one development, including C-2, which allows for heavier commercial use than does C-1. A consistent C-1 designation is meant to preserve the current character of the businesses while allowing future uses to remain similar, according to Village Administrator Heather Kimmons.
  • Appointments to the Planning and Zoning Commission include alternate commissioner Scott Spriggs to replace regular commission member Kermit Stokes, who has resigned, and the appointment of Kris Quandt to the second alternate position to replace Spriggs. Quandt has a municipal design and civil engineering background and has attended commission meetings on a fairly regular basis, according to Village Administrator Heather Kimmons, who made the recommendation.
  • Trustees unanimously approved contracts for the major vendors for the Forsyth Family Fest, including agreements with Clay County Amusements ($10,000 plus lodging and mileage), Central States Fireworks ($8,000) and Champaign County Tent ($4,132.90). Trustees Bob Rasho and Marilyn Johnson exchanged opposing views on the use of monies from the Village’s general fund to underwrite the costs for the annual event. Johnson believes it “…is a good use of taxpayer money” to invest in the fest while Rasho believes that trustees “…should concentrate on essentials for the Village” such as infrastructure, safety and police protection.
  • In two separate votes, trustees approved two change orders involving the Shadow Ridge water main extension and also approved the final payment estimate for the project. The project is complete, according to Village Engineer Chuck Hunsinger. The final cost is $1,006.64 less than the bid amount of $93,953, not including a $10,477 change for adding two valves and a manhole at Stevens Creek as required by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA).
  • Trustees unanimously approved a request from BGM engineering for a fee increase resulting from extra work outside the original scope for the County Highway 20 improvements project. The Village and the county will each pay $14,000 in additional costs to BGM.
  • Trustees agreed to a cost saving move for the Village’s legal services by requesting that new Village Attorney Jeff Jurgens be physically present at the first Village trustees meeting each month and available by cell phone if needed for the Board’s second monthly meeting.

OTHER NEWS

  • Trustees received a first draft of the proposed fiscal year 2012-13 operation and maintenance budget. The draft was a collaborative effort of Public Works Director Larry Coloni, Head Librarian Rachel Miller, Village Treasurer Rhonda Stewart and Village Administrator Heather Kimmons. Trustees briefly discussed two aspects of the budget, which includes a proposed 5 percent increase in wages/salaries in each department and allotment for a 12 percent increase in employee insurance costs.

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