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 width=The Taylorville City Council met Tuesday night due to the Labor Day holiday, and passed a number of motions in their just over one-hour meeting.

The biggest discussion of the night came when a motion was made to direct Taylorville City Attorney Rocci Romano to prepare an ordinance making a property owner responsible for part of the maintenance and repair of a sewer line up to and including the main tap. This motion came from the Street and Sewer Committee after 3 meetings and a number of hours of discussion, and has the potential of affecting some 30 property owners where the City found broken sewer lines. Alderman Ernie Dorchinez, felt it was unfair to penalize property owners for problems they didn't create.

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The motion to direct the City Attorney to prepare the ordinance, passed with Dorchinez casting the only “no” vote.

Taylorville City Aldermen Tuesday night at their meeting approved motions passing a resolution signing a new agreement with the City of Charleston for providing billing for Taylorville Fire Department ambulance runs; they OK'd an intergovernmental agreement regarding loaning equipment to Taylorville Township; they amended the city's building permit code; they approved amending an ordinance on private sanitary sewage disposal systems; and directed the City Attorney to prepare an intergovernmental agreement regarding allowing other governmental entities to use the Sewer Department's TV sewer truck.

The Taylorville City Council Tuesday night approved a number of requests from non-profit organizations. The Council OK'd the request of St. Mary's Church to block off South Main from West Adams to the 2nd alley past St. Mary's School, from Friday, September 19th at 4pm to Sunday, September 21st at 6pm for the annual St. Mary's Church Parish Fiesta; they approved the Zombie Run, Walk, and Crawl 5-K sponsored by the Taylorville Memorial Hospital for the Relay for Life on October 25th, with the corners of Franklin and Main, south on Main to Manners Park to be blocked off starting at 5:30pm; they OK'd the Knights of Columbus Charitable Fund Drive for their annual Tootsie Roll fund-raiser at the corner of South Webster and West Main Cross on September 26th and 27th; and they cleaned up language in city code for some existing 4-way stops.

Taylorville Aldermen Tuesday night passed several motions that came out of various committees. The Council OK'd an appraisal on a property at 803 East Franklin; they contributed 5-thousand dollars to the Christian County Senior Citizens; they purchased a color copier at a cost of just over 10-thousand dollars for the City Clerk's office; and OK'd the purchase by the Municipal Band of a new sound system costing no more than 17-hundred 50-dollars. Aldermen also changed the date of their September Ordinance and Finance Committee meetings from September 18th to September 17th; and changed the date of the Council's September Street and Sewer, and Public Facilities Committee meetings to September 24th.

Taylorville alderman Larry Budd expressed his dismay at a large dirt pile in his ward, at Tuesday night's City Council meeting. Budd told the Council that land owner Chris Huddleston, who recently bought 2 lots on Cherokee Street to reportedly build duplexes, has been stockpiling dirt on the site, and is now allegedly advertising the dirt for sale. Budd is concerned about the large piles of dirt on the site and the weeds growing on the piles. Budd was told by City Attorney Rocci Romano, to contact the city's zoning officer for possible violations of the city's zoning and weed ordinances.

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