Over 40 community leaders met Wednesday night at the Taylorville City Council Chambers, at the request of mayor Greg Brotherton, to brainstorm ideas on how to pay for providing infrastructure for the new Taylorville Industrial Park on the city’s northeast side.
The Taylorville Development Association purchased some 84 acres there, from Archer Daniels Midland, several years ago, but infrastructure such as water, sewer, power, telephone, streets, curb and gutter have not been started due to lack of funds.
Among those speaking at the meeting was Phil Martin of Martin Engineering, which has done work for the Taylorville Development Association. Martin said that while he understood the various governmental entities have their own budgets to worry about, there needs to be a change in mindset about the growth of Taylorville.
Officials with the Taylorville Sanitary District, including their engineers, were among those attending Wednesday night’s meeting.
Brotherton told the group at the end of Wednesday night’s meeting, that he will call another meeting of community leaders in a couple of months so that the issue can remain prominent in the community.