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Forsyth Fast Facts

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Items of interest from Village staff and the Dec. 17 Board meeting

BOARD DECISIONS

  • Trustees unanimously approved a supplemental agreement and revision to the map of the area of the Circle K on Barnett Avenue/Koester Drive in which the Village will prohibit wells for use as potable water. Additionally, approval was given to Circle K through a supplemental groundwater ordinance that modifies the boundaries of the regulated area. The change was made to address questions from the IEPA’s review of the map for the impacted areas, according to Village Administrator Mike Miller.
  • Trustees approved a $2,000 option agreement with a landowner for a potential Village well site located five miles north of Forsyth and gave Mayor Hap Gilbert the authority to execute the contract and purchase the site at a cost of $13,000, if drill testing proves advantageous for a supplemental well.
  • Trustees approved a change order at their Dec. 17 meeting for a decrease in the contract amount of $8,883.50 for the Hundley Road sewer extension to reflect an adjustment of the contract quantities to equal the as-built quantities.

OTHER NEWS

  • Village Administrator Mike Miller encouraged residents affected by a recent compliance audit which identified possible non-conforming use violations, such as shed placement, to check the Village’s website at www.forsythvillage.us for an explanation of the strategic plan governing how administration will proceed with the evaluation of individual cases. Miller’s brief comments followed the public comments portion of the Dec. 17 Village Board meeting in which a standing-room only crowd, many of them recipients of violation letters, addressed the mayor and Board to protest what they called an administrative overreaction to a situation that lacked proper research.
  • Macon County Sheriff’s Office deputies located the youth who damaged ball diamond No. 3 on Dec. 6 when he drove his car on the field doing donuts. The youth was overheard bragging about the damage with other students and subsequently interviewed by a deputy, according to Public Works Director Larry Coloni, who described the damage as “…creating a lot of work” for his department.
  • Hickory Point Mall will be the site of the Jan. 19 Central Illinois Regional Chili and Salsa Cook-Off. Contestants will be judged beginning at 8:30 a.m. for red chili, chili verde and salsa. A cook’s reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Homewood Suites on Marion Avenue. Visit www.chili-cookoff.com for details.
  • Phase IV of the Cox Street improvements construction has shut down for the winter and will resume next spring when ditches will be fine graded, seeded and hydro-mulched. Sidewalks will be finished then, and a rock shoulder next to the street will be installed, according to Village Engineer Chuck Hunsinger.
  • Forsyth’s sales tax is down $35,337.76 from this time last year, according to Village Treasurer Rhonda Stewart.
  • Tarter Construction LLC of Bloomington was the lowest of eight bids at $42,860 for remedial work on structural modifications at the Forsyth Public Library. Village Administrator Mike Miller said the lowest bid also provided the Village with the shortest time frame for the project.

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