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Forsyth Fast Facts

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Items of interest from Village staff and the Oct. 1 Board meeting

BOARD DECISIONS

  • Minutes from five previous Board meetings held in closed session and another three dates with redactions will be released and available for public inspection through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) following an hourlong Oct. 1 closed session.
  • An administrative policy of maintenance activities along Stevens Creek received unanimous Board approval Oct. 1 and will be restricted to property the Village has the legal right to access. Mayor Hap Gilbert acknowledged Village Administrator Mike Miller’s research efforts in collaboration with Public Works Director Larry Coloni and said the policy is “well stated.” See page 3 for more details.
  • Trustees voted unanimously to approve a special use permit for Poage Cadillac GMC Buick and variances for Lincoln Diagnostics, Hickory Point Estates subdivision residents and homeowners living at 123 S. Elwood St.
  • Matt May of 882 Jasons Way will serve as a Planning and Zoning Commission member following his appointment from alternate status. One alternate vacancy remains. Contact Village Hall to volunteer.
  • Trustees followed a recommendation from Village Administrator Mike Miller and voted to approve a Village ordinance that prohibits the use of potable groundwater wells in the surrounding properties at the Circle K on Koester Drive. Additionally, approval was given for a Highway Authority Agreement toregulate subsurface soils in adjacent property, and a supplemental agreement to address costs associated with any contaminated soil remediation related to two underground storage tank line leaks in 1997.
  • Trustees approved a change order in the increased amount of $720.72 for extra work on the new water main and broken sewer services as part of the Cox Street improvements Phase IV. A second change order was approved for a decrease amount of $464.00 associated with the Hundley Road sewer extension, according to a report from Village Engineer Chuck Hunsinger.

OTHER NEWS

  • At press time, six election packets had been picked up at Village Hall. Prospective candidates are responsible for gathering signatures on a nominating form to be returned no later than 5 p.m. Dec. 24. An April 9 election will fill four openings on the Village Board, including the office of mayor (see front page for more details).
  • Another Village vandalism incident within a two-month period was reported Sept. 25 to the Macon County Sheriff’s Office when Forsyth Public Library employees witnessed a juvenile defacing a handicap parking sign located on the library grounds. Parents of the youth will be contacted and held responsible for paying restitution costs, according to the deputies. No arrests have been reported in conjunction with the vandalism that occurred in August in two Forsyth parks.
  • The issue to re-establish advisory committees, said Mayor Hap Gilbert, “…is a moot point at this time,” and was tabled at his request until further notice at the Oct. 1 Board meeting. While trustee Bob Rasho encouraged trustees to engage in a discussion of the issue “…to complete the record,” a reference to an earlier Board decision to disband the committee system, only trustee Eric Morr contributed by saying that residents themselves could form their own committees to deal with an immediate concern if, indeed, there was a need. The mayor concluded that a Board discussion of committees was unnecessary after talking with Village Administrator Mike Miller, who earlier had provided trustees with a written assessment of the committee structure.
  • Structural problems associated with vibrations in the floor at Forsyth Public Library will require repairs to bring the building up to code, according to a report compiled by Library Director Rachel Miller. Estimated repair costs exceed $100,000. (See details next issue.)
  • An Illinois Department of Transportation audit for the year 2011 shows a net balance of $405,875.22 in the Village’s motor fuel tax (MFT) account as of Dec. 31, 2011.
  • A strong interest exists for a pocket park to serve residents in Grayhawk and Shadow Ridge Estates subdivisions following the results of returned surveys designed to gauge interest. (See details next issue.)
  • Halloween hours for the Village will be set to coincide with the activities at the Hickory Point Mall. Mall hours will be 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Village hours will be 5-8 p.m. that same day.

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