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Forsyth Fast Facts

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Items of interest from the March 21 Board meeting


  • Trustees voted unanimously March 21 to support a funding request from the Decatur and Macon County Area Crime Stoppers with a $1,000 donation as volunteer board members from Crime Stoppers organizations statewide attend a three-day event May 5-7 in Decatur. Also approved was a $150 sponsorship, as suggested by trustee Steve Hubbard, for LOGO (Ladies Only Golf Outing) to benefit the Children’s Museum of Illinois located in Decatur.
  • Trustees unanimously approved the draft budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year as presented at the March 21 Village Board meeting. The County Highway 20 improvements project was briefly discussed as it pertains to the budget, with Village Engineer Chuck Hunsinger stating that the first phase of the project is dedicated to drainage issues with Forsyth taking the lead although some monies will come from the county. Trustee Bob Rasho suggested the need for an intergovernmental agreement between the two entities, stating what each will spend on this phase.
  • Trustees approved a request from the Economic Development Committee to enter into an agreement with the Decatur Public Transit System for free shuttle rides to and from Hickory Point Mall to the Farm Progress site this summer. Also approved were expenditures to rent a tent to provide for individuals waiting for rides to the site.
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  • Trustees approved the $350 sanction fee payable to the International Chili Society (ICS) for Forsyth’s participation in a January 2012 ICS cookoff at Hickory Point Mall.


  • Village Administrator Heather Kimmons said she expects to have a three-year police protection contract with the Macon County Sheriff’s Office ready for Board review by mid- to late April. The current contract expires May 31.
  • Effective May 1, the mayor and trustees will be paid at the end of the calendar year and again at the end of the Village’s fiscal year in April. The flat sum of $4,500 is paid to the mayor for attendance at Board and committee meetings with trustees each earning a total of $2,500 for the same.
  • At press time, a media news conference sponsored by the Decatur Area Convention & Visitors Bureau was to be held at 10 a.m., March 29, at Hickory Point Golf Course clubhouse with Mayor Hap Gilbert and Mayor Mike McElroy of Decatur proclaiming April as the month to “Discover Decatur/Forsyth – There Is So Much to See and Do.”
  • A resident’s concern about the lack of speed limit signs along West Forsyth Parkway drew Board discussion with Mayor Hap Gilbert suggesting that staff study the issue. Deputies from the Macon County Sheriff’s Office offered to assist by providing extra added enforcement
  • Bike patrols by the Macon County Sheriff’s deputies will continue this year. Photos and background information on all five deputies assigned to Forsyth will be included in the Village’s updated website, according to Village Administrator Heather Kimmons.
  • The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has asked for more information on feedback from a February open house where residents were invited to learn how the proposed reconstruction project for County Highway 20 will impact the Village. No one at the open house objected to the project’s design, but one member of the Macon County Board is now on record as objecting to the overall project, according to a report from Village Engineer Chuck Hunsinger. The school district will also be asked for its position on the project. Hunsinger said by April a draft submittal will be sent to the Illinois Department of Transportation as part of the mandatory planned development report to ensure eligibility when application is made for federal funding.
  • Crews from the Public Works Department continue to prepare the ball diamonds in Forsyth Park for use by Maroa-Forsyth High School and the Forsyth Youth League, according to a report from Larry Coloni, department director. Coloni said the infield on ball diamond No. 2 is being widened to accommodate more teams, and other work has been completed to softball field No. 5, which is ready for play.

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