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New staff join Village Hall

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Andrew Zupkoff fills community and economic development position

The Village of Forsyth has hired a new community and economic development coordinator.

Andrew Zupkoff started his new job on February 27, after serving as a full-time community and economic development intern in West Des Moines, Iowa, a community with a population of 63,325.

In his new position, Zupkoff will administer zoning regulations as the Village’s zoning official. In addition, he will provide staff support to the Planning and Zoning Commission, represent the Village on various boards and committees around Central Illinois and perform economic development duties, including attracting, expanding and retaining businesses. It’s likely that Village Administrator David Strohl may call on Zupkoff to work on special projects as they arise.

Zupkoff, 27, is a native of Paddock Lake, Wisconsin. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin Whitewater and is on track to complete a master of public administration degree in 2017 from Upper Iowa University.

What are some goals he has in mind for his new position here in Forsyth?

“To increase the tax base of Forsyth by working with developers, Realtors, residents and Village staff to attract great new retail, restaurant, business and residential opportunities for our citizens to enjoy,” he said.

Zupkoff added that he’s mindful of “maintaining and growing the current tax base by promoting a clean and organized community through enforcing the Village’s development ordinance.”

Zupkoff replaces Emily Prather who left last July for a job closer to her home in the Springfield area.

Please help us welcome Andrew to Forsyth!

Shauna Bohlmann joins Village as event coordinator

The Village has created a new, part-time event coordinator position, which has been filled by Forsyth resident Shauna Bohlmann.

Bohlmann, who started the job on March 6, is excited about continuing some of the work she’s been associated with for several years as a volunteer working on a number of the Village’s higher profile events.

She was instrumental in helping Trustee Kerstin Trachtenberg launch the popular Annual Christmas tree-lighting event two years ago. This year will mark her fourth year helping with the Easter Egg Hunt. And, this year’s Family Fest will be her fifth as a volunteer.

One of her goals in her new position is to make certain that events are scheduled so that they don’t take away from other things going on in the Village.

“My start on the new job has been working with Rachel Miller (Forsyth Public Library director) to work on ways so that

library events and Village events complement each other rather than conflict with each other,” Bohlmann said.

Her duties, she said, will include planning, coordinating and organizing free events for the community.

“My goal is to make sure existing events still happen and stay afloat and to make them better to enrich the community,” Bohlmann said. “I’ll also be looking for new ideas.”

She said she looks forward to brainstorming with residents to get their ideas for new events. In particular, she wants to come up with a fall festival for Forsyth Park, since it’s the only season on the Village’s calendar that doesn’t have an anchor event.

Spring has the Easter Egg Hunt; summer is Family Fest time; and the Christmas tree-lighting ceremony is, of course, in winter.

Bohlmann said she is more than open to ideas.

“I’d love to create a team where we sit down together and come up with ideas and keep things running smoothly,” she said. “I’d love to plan events where there will be something for everyone, young and old.”

As an example, she said seniors probably don’t have much interest in hunting Easter eggs, but stuffing the eggs beforehand may be something they want to get involved in.

“Those parties are fun, and we eat as much as we stuff into the eggs,” Bohlmann said.

For more information, or if you have ideas or an interest in volunteering, you can send Bohlmann a note via email: sbohlmann@forsythvillage.us.

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