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The Taylorville City Council held its regular meeting Monday night in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building. All Aldermen were present except Jim Olive and Kathy Driskell.
During the meeting, Ward One Alderman Larry Budd announced his retirement from the Council. He said his retirement was promoted by health issues.
Budd has been on the Council for over ten years. Mayor Bruce Barry read his retirement letter through heartfelt tears at the end of the meeting. Many community members thanked Budd for his time serving as an Alderman, wishing him the best of luck and a bright future.
The Council heard from Cynthia Frisina, who presented some of her projects around Taylorville Square. She shared an update, saying that things were going well and that she was excited to bring opportunities for growth to Taylorville. She thanked the Council for making this a smooth process in a rough market. The Council later approved a Business Development District No. 1 Redevelopment Agreement by and between the City and Heartland Development Partners, Inc, and Cynthia Frisina at 201 W. Main Cross St. development phase two.
They also approved ordinances for the Execution of all Business Development District No. 1 Redevelopment Agreements with David and Cathy Coker at 1020 Nectar Lane; Christian County Farmers Supply Company doing business as Central Commodity FS at 1200 N. Cheney St.; Florinda Guerriero at 110-114 S. Main St.; H&R Family Inc. doing business as Taylorville Food Center as well as Billy and Judith Rhymes at 300 W. Market St.
Members turned down a bidding option for a pair of Lake Taylorville lots which are hunting grounds on the lake. One of the parcels is a 62-acre lot and a nearly 51-acre lot. Aldermen Megan Bryant, Larry Budd, Jeremy Wilson and Doug Brown voted “no” on both motions.
In employment matters, the city will post openings for a working foreman position in the Cemetery Department and a full time dispatcher position in the Police Department.
For special events, the Council approved the contribution of $8,000 from BDD funds to the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce for the Chilliest; Paint the Town Purple for Amare NFP Christian County Celebrate Recovery Month with ribbons to be distributed Aug. 23-31, 2023; Pub 116 first anniversary party to be held on Sept. 23, 2023, from 4:00-11:00 p.m. in the parking lot at 116 East Main Cross.
The purchase of two vehicles for the Water Department were approved by the Council. One of them, a 2024 Ford F250 Super Cab 2WD Pickup from Bob Ridings Fleet Sales, for almost $65,000. A 2024 Ford F250 Super Cab 4X4 Pickup from Bob Ridings Fleet Sales for almost $73,000.
They agreed to pay almost $18,000 for the airport construction project for engineering fees from CMT. They will also forward a request for payment of the same amount from the the Illinois Department of Transportation.
Members approved having an ordinance drafted to prohibiting the feeding of geese at Lake Taylorville. The fine for each violation could cost up to $500.
They also approved drafting an ordinance requiring any new home construction in Taylorville be of at lest 1,000-square-feet.
A replacement of a pavilion at the Mariana at Lake Taylorville was approved. It will come from Martin Portable Buildings with a cost of almost $9,300.
Approval of a closure permit concerning the Solar Array Energy Project at the City’s Water Treatment Plant was tabled to the next meeting.
The meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 5. 2023 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the Municipal Building.