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(TAYLORVILLE) — The newest member of the Taylorville City Council is Randy Michelson, appointed to the Council on Monday night, Sept. 18. He replaces Larry Budd who resigned for health reasons during a pervious session.
The Council approved several items by motions which included the letter of engagement memorandum for the Taylorville Christian County Enterprise Zone Amendments. An invoice for Crawford, Murphy and Tilly Engineering for just over $19,600 for work at the Taylorville Municipal Airport. They will also apply to the Illinois Department of Transportation for reimbursement.
Council members approved asking the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners to supply a candidate to hire as a police officer from the Police Eligibility List. The purchase of a 1/2-ton Ford F-250 for nearly $48,800 from Bob Ridings Fleet Sales gained approval. It will be paid for with funds in the Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund.
A quote from Windell Surveying to survey Block 41 was approve for a cost of $7,550.
Several motions concerning Taylorville Lake leases were approved. They include adding to the Lake Lot and Campground Lease which states, lake lot and campground rental fees will be nonrefundable regardless of self-termination of lease agreement. It also changes the cabin and camping reservation process, updating the reservation forms to include Apr. 1 as the starting date for reservation, nonrefundable deposits, credit card requirement, reservation form requirements and enforcing the current refund/cancellation policy.
The Council recognized Taylorville High School Sophomore Olivia Hammac for winning the Super Street Ladies division in the SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) for 2023 during the meeting.
The city will bid and advertise for a permanent part-time crossing guard position. The motion passes with Alderman Kathy Driskell voting, “No.” A Business Development District No. 1 Redevelopment Agreement with the Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce was approved. A special event permit for Faith Bible Christian Academy Sports Boosters at West Main Cross and Webster Streets intersection on Oct. 13 and 14, was approved.
Alderman Megan Bryant commented about her concerns regarding a closed session. Mayor Bruce Barry and Bryant discussed closed session conversations related to raises. Bryant wanted to insure the Mayor would do anything the Council agreed to as a group. Both agreed that more discussion are needed and to take matters to a more appropriate setting. The meeting adjourned at 7:27 p.m. The next Taylorville City Council meeting is set for Monday, Oct. 2, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. Meetings are held at the Municipal Building on the Second Floor in the Council Chambers.