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TAYLORVILLE —The Taylorville City Council culminated at the municipal building on Monday, October 3. They honored two local teachers, listened to updates from Mayor Bruce Barry as well as hearing Committee reports.
Sparklight awarded 10 K-12 outstanding teachers for building a stronger connection by making a difference in their schools and communities. Ten teachers from eight different states were recognized for the Teacher Appreciation Award which included a $1,500 cash prize. Taylorville school district educators Neil Hoenstein and Matt Peabody were chosen by Sparklight for going above and beyond for each of their students.
The Planning Commission presented two ordinance recommendations last night. Presenting the recommendation was Mr. Pat Kretzer. The first was for outdoor billboards or signs limited to the Zoning District where the Taylorville Industrial Park is located. The second being adding a title to an already existing title for solar energy purposes. Both ordinances passed unanimously.
City-wide clean up day will be held on Saturday, October 15 at 7:00 a.m. until all dumpsters are full.
A Motion was passed to use BDD funds to fix sidewalks from Wareham’s Security to Gardner Glass instead of the previously thought Ward I funds. The Motion passed 7-1 with Alderman Larry Budd voting “No”. The original motion was brought up earlier in the year.
“March or April we brought this up.” Budd said. “Now because we want to use BDD money in another location were bringing this back to pay for this.”
Mayor Barry gave his mayoral updates which included acknowledging the success of the weekend. Over the weekend Chilliest had ‘record breaking chili sales’; Taylorville High School and Fire Department had a great turn out for ‘Military Appreciation Night’; The Tornado Open announced they have raised over 1,000,000 over the 30 years of hosting the event. He also gave updates on the East Main Cross construction stating “The road should be done by the weeks end.”
The Motion to divide Ward V Funds evenly between the other four Wards failed to pass, 3-5. The Alderman against the Motion were Doug Brown, Steve Dorchinecz, Kathy Driskell, Jim Olive and Chris Skultety. Each explained why they were against but Alderman Skultety put it in simple terms.
“I really enjoy having these funds in Ward II. Alderman Wilson and I could put them to great use.” Skultety said. “But I have to caution on doing this. Any good financial planner would tell you to have an emergency fund and this to me is that emergency fund.”
The meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m. and will meet again on Monday, October 17.