A lot of business was transacted at the one hour and 20 minute meeting of the Taylorville City Council Monday night.
The Council OK'd an agreement to have all city assets appraised for accounting control and insurance valuation, with the appraisal costing some eleven-thousand 500-dollars; they OK'd a debt collection agreement with Credit Collection Partners to help the city collect some 100-thousand dollars in past due fines and fees; and upon recommendation of the City's Planning and Zoning Commission, aldermen re-zoned property at the northwest corner of Lincoln Trail and Illinois Route 48, owned by the Sinha (sin-hah) family from Residential-2 to Commercial-2.
The Council Monday night approved an ordinance annexing 6 different properties into the city limits so they can be offered city water, and OK'd the city's demolition of a property at 717 East Vine after getting consent from the landowner, Theola Brackett of Springfield.
The Taylorville City Council Monday night passed a number of motions that came out of various committees. Aldermen OK'd a motion allowing waterfowl hunting on Lake Taylorville for the 2014-15 season with the same rules as last year, and bow-only deer hunting on the lake for the 2014 season. Exempted dates were October Eleventh thru the 13th due to Youth Hunting on the north end of the lake. They also voted to advertise to hire an office leven one position in the treasurer's office, an office level 3 position in the police department and allow the replacement to begin work 30 days prior to the retirement date of the existing employee, and OK'd advertising for a deputy treasurer if needed.
Taylorville aldermen Monday night acted on a number of committee motions. Council members OK'd a 4-point-2 percent wage increase over 2 years for the police department following completion of negotiations with their union; they OK'd allow the police department to begin phase one in plans for a new firing range; voted to approve repairs to a water department tractor totaling some 75-hundred dollars and repaired a dump truck totaling over 52-hundred dollars. Aldermen OK'd a nearly one-thousand dollar yearly fee for a service agreement for a fuel terminal at Taylorville Airport; voted to instruct city attorney Rocci Romano to terminate an existing lake property lease with Rick and Lisa Champley, with a new 2-year lease agreement to be offered; and approved the leasing of 4 parcels of farmland around Lake Taylorville for the next 3 crop years.
Alderman also OK'd the closing of the 100 block of West Franklin Street on August 23rd for the Veterans Motorcycle Rally sponsored by the Taylorville American Legion.
Some 150 to 200 motorcycles will participate.