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Taylorville City Council Swears in New Officer; Tables Several Issues

The Taylorville City Council was presented with a motion that there would be no charge for any area currently in the City or annexed into the City for fire hydrant installation. City Attorney Rocci Romano voiced concern over the wording of the motion:

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Alderman Bruce Jones also voiced concerned saying that if the motion passed, new subdivisions could view it as not having to pay to install fire hydrants before dedicating that property to the City. Romano says that is something they would need to add to the possible ordinance:

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The Council voted to table the matter and discuss the recommended ordinance at the next committee meeting.


The Taylorville City Council was presented with a motion to waive the water costs for a period of two years to Gowin Parc. City Attorney Rocci Romano suggested they table this matter as it could be a violation of a contract in its current proposed state:

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Romano suggested re-working the contract with Christian County to add a clause that would allow each side to make changes to the benefits for enterprise zones. Alderman Shawn Burtle suggested that instead of re-working the whole contract, write a letter to the County Board to get their approval for this one proposal. Romano said that would work as well. The Council agreed to do so and voted to table the topic.


At the last Taylorville City Council meeting, City Attorney Rocci Romano told the Council that Spresser was never annexed into the City after a jurisdictional transfer. Romano updated the Council at their meeting Monday about similar situations after more research was done by City Clerk Pam Peabody:

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Romano also told the Council that all the title issues of the East Park property have been worked out and the City will soon have control of it.


The Christian County Economic Development Corporation meeting is coming up next week where they will have several speakers talking about growing business in small towns. Mayor Greg Brotherton urged all the Aldermen at the Taylorville City Council meeting Monday night to attend the meeting if possible:

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The Council also approved a motion to contribute $5,000 to CCEDC.


The Taylorville City Council was presented with a proposal to preplan each Spring the Ward projects and preapprove the projects by the Street and Sewer Committee and to have projects over $1,000 approved by the Street and Sewer Committee from time to time effective January 1st. Alderman Rob Heberling says he does not support this idea:

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Alderman Bruce Jones explains what brought about this motion:

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The motion failed on a 5 to 2 vote.


The Taylorville City Council officially swore in Kyle Mense as a Taylorville Police Officer now that he has completed his mandatory training. The Council also tabled a subordination agreement with RECC concerning the city’s storm sewer easement due to wanting to negotiate attorney and city engineering fees to be paid by RECC. The Council also approved the concept of a “shared sewer” with the property owner being responsible for up to $2,500 and/or $3,000 for sewer installation, maintenance and repair of the sewer lines and to direct the City Attorney to research legality of such a program.


Mense has his badge pinned to his uniform.

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