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Village Vision News

Village reflects on a successful 2010

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A year ago, Village leaders approached the year 2010 with a sense of cautious optimism and were rewarded with a more stable sales tax base than anticipated. The decision was made to maintain the Village at its best by directing the bulk of capital monies to infrastructure needs. Priority projects were:
  • bridge repairs on Weaver Road 
  • street overlays in Forsyth Estates subdivision
  • re-surfacing the south end of Koester Drive
  • paving Lucile Avenue, east of Rt. 51
  • overlay on Highland Avenue, east of Rt. 51.
Concerned about unresolved storm drainage problems encountered along the northern edge of the Village, trustees and the county agreed to prioritize one segment of the County Highway 20 improvements projects and moved forward with development of a project development report with the goal of gaining federal funding to supplement reconstruction costs.

Attention turned to the health and safety of Village residents when emergency sirens were added to the Village, a CodeRED emergency alert system introduced and an event storm plan implemented. Other Village highlights included:
  • update of the Village’s website 
  • sale of the old Village Hall on Elwood Street
  • introduction of a free limb chipping program 
  • installation of new trail lighting 
  • construction of a rain garden west of Village Hall
  • completion of the twin bridge repairs on County Highway 20.
In the midst of business-as-usual, trustees also conducted a search for a new Village administrator, ending with the hiring of Forsyth resident Heather Kimmons (see related article above). A strategic plan was developed and finalized with goals to ensure the Village’s future.

Variances to Village ordinances and special use permits were plentiful throughout the year with the most notable coming late in the year when the 17-year-old liquor ordinance was amended to allow, with certain restrictions, the sale of beer and/or wine at gas stations.

Trustees also approved a major change to the second phase of the planned unit development at Hickory Point Christian Village, endorsing construction of outpatient therapy and skilled nursing facilities instead of additional assisted living as originally planned.

Revenues collected from building permit fees increased in 2010, including 21 permits for new homes and 58 for home additions, garages, fences and commercial buildings. Among other 2010 highlights:
  • Four new businesses opened in the Village, including Shoe Dept. Encore and Cohn Furniture in the Hickory Point Mall, Forsyth Antique Mall and Salon Zen.
  • Aspen Dental began construction of a new facility on Highland Avenue, east of Rt. 51.
  • The automotive tent sale returned to the Village after a five-year absence.
In library news, Forsyth Public Library was named a Star Library by the Library Journal for the second consecutive year. Other accomplishments include implementation of Plan B Part I for reorganization of library space. Media shelving and extra units were installed. Additionally, Head Librarian Jean Campbell and her staff:
  • registered 391 participants for the summer reading program
  • planned programs and welcomed 1,416 attendees to the library’s summer programs
  • continued the tradition of Family Reading Night for the 18th year 
  • joined the e-book library consortium, LibraryontheGo. Digital downloads will be available Feb. 1.
  • circulated 68,386 items for the period Jan. 1-Dec. 27 and recorded library attendance at 42,910 for the same period.

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