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Forsyth Fast Facts

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Items of interest from Village staff and the June 18 Board meeting

  • Trustees discussed aspects of the Village’s personnel manual, including benefits such as accrued sick pay, before deciding for a second time to table a decision to update the manual to reflect changes the Board has made over the past few years. New Village Administrator Mike Miller noted his initial research on employee paid holidays shows that the Village is “…40 percent more generous than the average employer” when it comes to paying for the 11 annual holidays. “We’re not being less than generous,” he commented. Village Attorney Jeff Jurgens advised that there was “no urgency” for a decision that evening and said he will look further into the subject and have a recommendation for unanswered questions which trustees posed.
  • The design of the Marion Avenue improvements is underway. The project is scheduled to be advertised by the end of the month, according to a report from Village Engineer Chuck Hunsinger. Bids for the Cox Street improvements project and the 2012 street improvements project were tabled until the next Board meeting to be held at 6:30 p.m., Monday, July 2, in Village Hall.
  • Mayor Hap Gilbert advised trustees of two recent information sessions he attended as a Village representative. The first one involved Good Energy, L.P., a Central and Southern Illinois buying group committed to lowering energy rates. The mayor said an ordinance followed by a referendum would be needed. He said more information will be available to trustees once he learns more about the group during an upcoming meeting. Potential benefits could come to the Village by joining other municipalities and counties in the aggregation of electric loads, according to information given to the mayor. The second session reported upon involved promoting the Village with an idea envisioned by Forsyth resident Kent Johnson. Johnson would like to seek funds, the mayor said, and involve the entire community in a project to commission noted sculptor John McClarey with producing a bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln associated with a theme that reflects a time when the Civil War president was visiting or living in Macon County. Johnson recently gathered a group of individuals at the community center to discuss the feasibility of the idea, which he thought could contribute to local tourism efforts based on the popularity of visitors seeking Lincoln lore.
  • A field visit from Larry Livergood of Architectural Expressions is needed to determine the cause of the vibrations in the library floor, according to a report from Rachel Miller, Forsyth Library Director.
  • An arrest has been made in connection with a five-county crime spree that has possible connections to the smash-and-grab burglaries that happened earlier this year at Bergner’s in Hickory Point Mall and the Coziahr Harley-Davidson business on Marion Avenue, according to a report from the Macon County Sheriff’s Office.

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