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Forsyth Fast Facts

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Items of interest from Village staff and the March 5 Board meeting

BOARD DECISIONS

  • Trustees reviewed the third draft of the operation and maintenance budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year and voted unanimously to adjust the draft to reflect a decision to require Village employees to pay 25 percent toward health insurance premiums for dependents. Individual employee premiums will remain paid by the Village at 100 percent. Trustees plan to move forward on the capital budget during a March 8 special meeting in Village Hall beginning at 7 p.m. (See details next issue.)
  • Trustees Marilyn Johnson, Bob Rasho and Kerstin Trachtenberg voted “yes” to a proposal made by trustee Eric Morr, making this the final year that the Village will fund high school post-prom activities. Trustees Steve Hubbard and Larry Reed voted “no” to Morr’s motion.
  • Ordinance 845 will suspend the 3 percent hotel/motel tax effective May 1, 2012, following a “yes” vote from trustees Marilyn Johnson, Eric Morr, Bob Rasho and Kerstin Trachtenberg. Trustees Steve Hubbard and Larry Reed voted “no” to the implementation of the ordinance, with Reed voicing his preference to reduce the tax to 1 percent, but not eliminate it. Although Morr voted “yes,’ he said he wants “..to turn it [tax] back on” when the reserve fund gets low.
  • Trustees approved the purchase of a utility cart and portable trash pump, both of which are budgeted items requested by the Public Works Director.

OTHER NEWS

  • Forsyth’s community clean up week will be held April 23-27. Watch for more information in the next newsletter.
  • Jan Kimmerling of the Illinois Department of Tourism in Springfield will attend the March 19 Village Board meeting to discuss additional hotel/motel tax uses. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in Village Hall.
  • Engineering plans for improvements to Cox Street should be complete around mid-April, according to a report from Village Engineer Chuck Hunsinger.
  • Upcoming meet-and-greet evenings of the Hickory Point Township Historical Society are planned for March 27 and April 24 between 7-8 p.m. in the Forsyth Public Library. Society members will speak informally with library visitors about the photos and items displayed in the library’s southeast room, according to a report from Head Librarian Rachel Miller.
  • Deputies reported that unruly conduct by juveniles at Hickory Point Mall has been prevalent on successive Saturdays prior to the arrest of one individual March 3 after a group of 70-100 juveniles congregated. Public Works Director Larry Coloni said the previous evening vandals struck the main pavilion in Forsyth Park, dumping trash cans.

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