The Taylorville City Council made quick work of several motions from various committees, at their Monday night meeting at City Hall.
Aldermen heard a recommendation from Bill Harryman of the Taylorville Planning Commission, asking the Council to allow a request from Steve Henry, owner of CSH Investment Management, to build a parking lot and fence for his H-and-R Block employees, on property he recently bought and improved.
Aldermen voted unanimously to allow the special use permit.
Taylorville City Council members Monday night OK'd an intergovernmental agreement with the Taylorville Park District, then they heard a request from the Taylorville Street and Water Superintendents, to purchase a 2007 hydraulic backhoe at a cost of just over 100-thousand dollars, to replace a 1973 model and also avoid some 4-thousand dollars per month of lease fees on the 2007 model. The purchase request did not go thru the committee process, which prompted a host of questions from aldermen asking why the requested purchase didn't go thru the committee process first. In the end, aldermen voted 4 to 4, and since there had to be at least 6 votes to waive the bidding process, the motion to buy the backhoe failed.
Aldermen at the Taylorville City Council meeting Monday night acted on a number of motions. The Council instructed city attorney Rocci Romano to prepare an ordinance to place a stop sign on North Abby Street southbound, at West Elm in the Hathaway Homes Subdivision; they OK'd the 2015 Motor Fuel Tax funds for road maintenance totalling some 400-thousand dollars; they OK'd the purchase of a cover for the Street Department Salt Shed costing some eleven-thousand dollars; and allowed the lining of 26 feet of storm sewer at 2nd and Washington Streets costing some 12-thousand 800-dollars.
Taylorville Aldermen Monday night decided to change their phone provider. The city is signing a 5-year lease with Computer Techniques, Incorporated, to provide city offices V-O-I-P phone service with payments of some 12-hundred dollars a month. The Council also approved some 100-thousand dollars worth of work on a storm sewer in the former Industrial Park on Central Avenue to alleviate flooding in that area. They also OK'd advertising to hire a replacement heavy equipment operator at Lake Taylorville.
Aldermen also heard a complaint from a resident about sanitary sewer gas odor in the Esther Street area; while Council members were empathetic with the resident, they said that the Taylorville Sanitary District is the governmental body that has jurisdiction over the matter.