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Forsyth Fast Facts

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Items of interest from Village staff and the Dec. 3 Board meeting

BOARD DECISIONS

  • Trustees approved a resolution for Forsyth’s Plan of Operation and Governance for the municipal opout electricity aggregation program pending release of November’s certified election results in which 68.3 percent of Forsyth residents voted for implementation of the program. Library Director Rachel Miller presented trustees with an overview of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) $200,000 state grant for needed floor repairs at the Forsyth Public Library before asking for and receiving approval to change the scope of the project to include additional expenditures to cover age-related issues of windows and carpeting.

OTHER NEWS

  • Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a new election law extending the period for filing nominating forms for the April 9 election to Dec. 26 at 5 p.m. Originally, Dec. 24 at 5 p.m. was the filing deadline. Village Clerk/Assistant Village Administrator Kathy Mizer said the extension will allow Village Hall to be closed on Christmas Eve.
  • A school event prevented athletes and associated members of the Maroa- Forsyth Trojans football team from attending the Dec. 3 Village Board meeting to receive certificates of achievement in recognition of winning first place in the 2012 Illinois High School Association Class IA Championship. The presentation will be held at a later date.
  • Eight residents addressed trustees during the Dec. 3 Board meeting to protest letters they had received from Village Hall with notification of a pending fine associated with the violation of a Village ordinance that governs the placement of sheds on residential property. (See details next issue and a related article on the front page.)
  • Macon County Sheriff’s Office deputies reported on their monitoring of the Grant and Ruehl street intersection. They termed as unfounded an earlier suggestion to remove the stop sign at that location because it was ignored and no longer needed. Only a small number of motorists ignored the sign, deputies said. A few warnings were issued but no violations cited.
  • All Oreana homes are now receiving water from Forsyth’s water treatment plant. The action followed completion of the construction of a water main from Forsyth to Oreana and a Nov. 27 verbal approval by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA), according to a report from Public Works Director Larry Coloni. Village Engineer Chuck Hunsinger said Oreana’s low pressure will improve once its booster pumping station becomes operational in mid-December.
  • A certified bridge inspector will complete required Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) requirements to inspect the Hundley Road Bridge by Dec. 31, according to Public Works Director Larry Coloni.

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