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The Taylorville City Council met last evening and they discussed many issues in a brief 37 minute meeting.

One of the things discussed was the motion to approve the First Church of the Nazarene’s request to close a portion of South Simpson Street for their Spirit Fest event on June 2, 2012 from noon until 5 pm.

Alderman Earl Walters of Ward IV says that this is not the typical way to do things, but it was necessary for the church.

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Also brought up at the meeting was the nomination of Taylorville native Rodney Davis as the Republican nominee for US congress in the 13th district. Walters says that Davis will be able to help Taylorville more than other politicians.

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The issue of the solar panels out by the airport was brought up at the meeting as the mayor updated the city council of its progression. Walters says that solar panels will be good for Taylorville.

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Another thing brought up at the meeting was the City of Taylorville being featured on WCIA TV in Champaign. Walters says that this can bring exposure to the city.

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Other issues brought up at the meeting were the appointment of Tom Frevert to the Board of Appeals which passed unanimously. Another thing brought up was the resolution of power of attorney to D.R. Stock Inc. for City Farm Property that passed unanimously. Another item that passed unanimously was the annexation of certain territory surrounded or nearly surrounded by property which is incorporated within the City of Taylorville including Route 104 ordinance and annexing certain territory to the city at 1209 Springfield Road. There was also a motion to advertise for bids for the painting of the Cherokee Street Tower which passed unanimously.

Another item passed unanimously at the city council meeting was the motion to increase the outside city limits industrial users’ water rates 4.5% for the next two years with the first year’s rate increasing to $1.91 per 100 cubic feet of water beginning on January 1, 2013. The second year increase to begin on January 1, 2014 will be at $1.99 per 100 cubic feet.

A motion brought up was the motion to allow Lake Superintendent Jackson and Water Superintendent Speagle to direct City Engineer Joe Greene to do a study in regards to dredging of Lake Taylorville to determine the amount of silt, the density, the best location and what size of berm was needed at a cost not to exceed $15,000; with half coming from the Lake Restoration Fund and the other half coming from the Water Fund.  That motion also passed unanimously. A motion brought up at the City Council, but sent back to committee due to the motion being to general was the motion to lease property to Lisa and Rick Champley for a three year period. This property is to be used for hunting by the Champley’s and is currently adjacent to their own property.

The next City Council meeting is on Monday June 4.

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