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Forsyth Fast Facts

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Items of interest from Village staff and the June 4 Board meeting

BOARD DECISIONS

  • Trustees unanimously approved a resolution determining prevailing wage rates in support of a state act regulating wages of laborers, mechanics and other workers employed in any public works area by the state, county, city or any public body.
  • Trustee Eric Morr described a new ordinance adding a three-way stop at Magnolia Drive and Elwood Street as an “inexpensive option.” Prior to full Board approval at the June 4 meeting, Morr reasoned that there was “…no reason we couldn’t pull [the stop sign] out” in the future if the action proved ineffective.

OTHER NEWS

  • Trustees tabled a request from owners of the Circle K gas station Forsyth Fast Facts at the corner of Barnett Avenue and Rt. 51 to enact a groundwater ordinance in conjunction with a Highway Authority Agreement in accordance with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations. The request is considered a precautionary measure associated with an underground fuel tank leak discovered at the site nearly 20 years ago and since remediated to satisfy EPA requirements.
  • Trustees decided that further staff evaluation was necessary and tabled action to enact a video gambling ordinance that would prohibit such activity at establishments that serve alcohol in Forsyth. The state legislature allows municipalities to opt out of the formal rules adopted by the Illinois Gaming Board regulating this activity.
  • Trustees took no action on two issues in the Village’s personnel manual concerning vacation days and sick leave time. The issues had been raised by Village auditors. Village Attorney Jeff Jurgens advised that the matter be delayed, citing the absence of Mayor Hap Gilbert and trustee Kerstin Trachtenberg and the incoming addition of new Village Administrator Mike Miller. Jurgens said the intent was “…not [to] try to rewrite the manual or the conditions.” Mike Miller was in the audience as an observer and was introduced by trustee Larry Reed, the mayor pro-tem in the absence of Mayor Gilbert.
  • The Oreana water main project has not been advertised, and no bid date has been set, according to Village Engineer Chuck Hunsinger, who is preparing plans and specifications for both Oreana’s and Forsyth’s water main projects. Advertised and ready for bids on June 13 was the 2012 street improvements project, Hunsinger said June 4.
  • Public Works Department crews have completed placing tarps on the south baseball dugouts in Forsyth Park and will continue to prepare the diamonds for each of the Forsyth Youth League games throughout the summer months. The league recently hosted a tournament at the park for the youngest players.
  • Registration for the Forsyth Library summer reading program concluded June 2. In other library activities, members of the Garden Club of Decatur worked with children June 5 as they planted flowers in the Youth Garden on the library grounds.

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