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Forsyth Fast Facts

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Items of interest from Village staff and the Sept. 4 Board meeting

BOARD ACTIONS

  • Trustees have authorized staff to consult with the Federal Bureau of Land Management regarding the purchase of the abandoned Illinois Central Railroad right-of-way in Forsyth. Trustee Larry Reed re- quested that a survey of the prop- erty be done.
  • Trustees Bob Rasho, Marilyn Johnson, Kerstin Trachtenberg and Larry Reed cited safety and security issues for children and voted “no’ on a proposal advanced by trustee Eric Morr to locate a pocket park in the northwest section of the Vil- lage along County Highway 20 just south of the Shadow Ridge Estates subdivision. Trustees earlier ap- proved the purchase of playground equipment to be installed at the site donated by developer Steve Horve at the time the subdivision was in the planning stages.
  • A total of $5,500 in hotel/motel tax money will be used to support requests from the Decatur Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (DACVB) and Lakefest, the lat- ter being a June 20-23 festival at Nelson Park in Decatur hosted by Decatur Celebration, Inc. in con- junction with Bassmaster Elite Series and DACVB. DACVB will receive $500 to purchase 500 park- ing spaces at the Hickory Point Mall for visitors during the competitive bass fishing venue, while the bal- ance of the monies will be used to promote Forsyth hotels/motels dur- ing the event. Trustee Eric Morr cast the only “no” vote on Sept. 4 for the requests citing his desire to distance government entities from such fund- ing activities. Absent from the meeting was trustee Steve Hubbard.
  • Terry Taylor of 761 Christopher Drive and Matt May of 882 Jasons Way have been appointed alternate members of the Planning & Zoning Commission following Board ap- proval Sept. 4.
  • In a unanimous vote, trustees denied the request of a property owner of farmland to connect to the Village’s infrastructure at this time and until adequate information is provided to address Village concerns.

OTHER NEWS

  • No arrests have been made and an investigation continues to seek perpetrators of the vandalism that occurred in two Forsyth parks earlier this summer. If juveniles have been involved, the parents must pay the costs of restitution, according to a report from the Macon County Sheriff’s Office given to trustees Sept. 4.
  • Village Administrator Mike Miller cited a variety of adverse incidents associated with several construction projects currently underway in the Village, including a disruption in mail service to some residents and unbudgeted contingency costs. More detailed invoices are needed in the future, he said, to ensure that irregu- larities, such as the current $50,000 cost overrun, can be avoided.
  • Treasurer Rhonda Stewart provid- ed trustees with some informational facts on the 2012 property tax levy at their Sept. 4 meeting. The levy will be discussed at a future meet- ing with staff’s goal to have the levy passed by Nov. 5 and filed with the Macon County Clerk by Nov. 9.
  • In a written memo to trustees on Sept. 4, Mayor Hap Gilbert asked if there is Board interest in sharing the cost of a project for a commis- sioned statue to honor Abraham Lincoln on the 150th anniversary of his presidency, and if the Board “...is of a mind to re-establish committees of some nature to assist the Board with recommendations.” The mayor asked that the two items be discussed at the Sept. 17 Board meeting which begins at 6:30 p.m. in Village Hall.

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