The Taylorville City Council met Monday night and heard about a recently filed lawsuit. City Attorney Rocci Romano says Jamal Shehadeh (Sh-ha-duh) is suing the City over the Freedom of Information requests:
Romano says the previous court arrangement that settled the possibility of Shehadeh suing the first time around does not cover the most recent FOIA requests thus allowing Shehadeh to file a lawsuit.
The Taylorville City Council held a long discussion at their Monday night meeting over the partially collapsed building on the Taylorville Square. Building owner Dustin Clark was in attendance and says he plans to rebuild and does not want to tear the building down:
The Council raised concerns over the timeliness of the repairs and safety especially with major events such as the 175th Anniversary and Chillifest coming up in October. Alderman Earl Walters suggested moving the barricades to open up a few more lanes of traffic that would also help nearby businesses that are currently impacted by the current barricade setup. The Council took no action on this or any other matter concerning the partially collapsed building and will discuss the situation further at the next City Council meeting on August 18 when they should have more information.
The Taylorville City Council approved a resolution for an Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement between the City and May Township in regards to “borrowed equipment”.
The City Council also approved the following motions in regards to tree removal and replacement:
*Motion to allow Langen Farms, Inc. to cut down and clean up one tree at 310 RichmondAvenue at a cost of $400.00 to be paid by the property owner
*Motion to allow Langen Farms, Inc. to take down and clean up two trees at 1021 W. Poplar Street at a cost of $1,300.00 to be paid by the City
*Motion to approve the request of Eric & Loretta Kahle to remove a Crabapple Tree on the boulevard at 511 E. Heights Avenue at their expense
*Motion to approve the request of Eric & Loretta Kahle to plant a Ginko Tree on the boulevard at 511 E. Heights Avenue at their expense
*Motion to approve the request of Gerald McPhillips to have a dead tree removed at 700 W. Vine Street (Southwest corner of Vine & Shumway) at the City’s expense (due to the size)