The Taylorville City Council met Monday evening and discussed issues affecting the community. Four firefighters were sworn in tonight. Nathan Childers, Eric Dodd, Daniel Tatge, and Kobe Wheaton were all sworn in as new firefighters for the city. Andrea Conrath was sworn in as Human Resource Manager. Kevin Hamell was appointed to the planning commission. Andy Goodall was approved to take over as health and building officer for George Calvert, after George retires on January 1st.
An ordinance was approved authorizing the execution of a business development district redevelopment agreement between Taylorville and Robert and Rebecca Steiner. Andrea Conrath was appointed as an authorized agent, and Fairl Lane was approved for a special use permit for fish taken from Lake Taylorville.
Jim Olive was authorized to bid on items for the city/street department. Alderman Olive stated that they might not buy anything, but if they do they will keep it reasonable and know what they need for the city.
Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry wanted to wish everyone happy holidays.
A motion was approved for the city to purchase one Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual Drone from Company Fire Cam out of Bellevue, Illinois at a cost of $4,990. Alderman Kathy Driskell explained that it was for a drone for the police department and not for an airplane. Alderman Chris Skultetty thought the spending was a little bit frivolous and felt that the money should be spent on body cameras.
The motion passed 6-2 with Alderman Skultetty and Alderman Ernie Dorchinecz voting no. A motion was also approved for purchasing a turn-key 2020 Dodge Charger not to exceed $37,978. Mayor Barry also announced that Alderman Ernie Dorchinecz would be appointed as Mayor Pro-tem in case of emergencies.
The eighth-grade girl's basketball team was also honored for their fantastic run in basketball this year with the Youth of the Month Award. George Calvert was honored with a plaque for his hard work for the city of Taylorville.