The Taylorville City Council held its bi-monthly meeting on Monday evening and discussed business for over an hour. Aside from the cannabis vote that ended up being tabled which you can read about here, there were quite a bit of other discussions that happened as well. The Hathaway Houses were approved to go to the next phase of planning. The city approved payments for the sidewalk project for the First National Bank with funds from the Fifth Fund Utility Tax Ward money. Alderman Shawn Burtle and Jim Olive expressed their gratitude and publicly commented that they hoped this would be a start towards expanding and beautifying the downtown area. Lake Lot Lease Fees were increased $50 for a total of $550 per season. Campground Lease Fees of $70 for a total of $805 per season or $115 per month was approved 8-0 by the Aldermen. Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry said in his comments that the council can listen to both sides and reach an agreement. He also had a message for the Aldermen concerning revenues.
A motion was also put forward to approve Tornado Siren Relocation. City Attorney Rocky Romano explained why they needed to approve it.
Megan Bryant who leads the ordinance committee recommended the city council to direct the city attorney to prepare an ordinance to allow for No Parking signs located in the first three parking spaces of the 100 block of West Franklin Street from 8 AM 3 PM Monday through Friday. The city also approved a motion to amend the city code to allow a two way stop sign at the intersection of the 800 block of North Silver and Pauline Streets. This would effectively make this a four-way stop. A motion was also approved to recommend approval for beginning the formal legal process for the demolition of 215 East Park Street and a motion to approve increasing the fee for all liquor/gaming license holders to $3,000 per year with the exception of Clubs. This motion passed 8-0. The city also thanked Mike Crews and honored his service to the city. Mayor Bruce Barry announced that Matt Adermann as acting Fire Chief. Mayor Barry hopes to have a new Fire Chief announced in November. Tommy O’ Brian and the Junior High Cross Country team was honored at the City Council Meeting as well.