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Taylorville City Council Meets; Discusses Lake Lots, Ends Burn Ban

The Taylorville City Council met remotely on Monday evening. Among the topics of discussion included the lake lot, a burn ban, and help for businesses.  After the announcement that the lake lots are now open, a conversation on lake lot leases allowing tenants to share it with another person took the floor. The motion passed 7-2 with Aldermen Kathy Driskell, Lee Lanzotti, Chris Skultetty, Larry Budd, Ernie Dorchinecz, and Shawn Burtle voted yes along with Mayor Barry. Aldermen Megan Bryant and Jim Olive voted no.


The motion for rent and security deposit for the lake lots was looked at. The sentence in question from the ordinance was for the rent is $550 and a security deposit in $300, what the cost would be for another tenant. After much discussion and a close vote, the vote on rent on additional tenants went back to committee. 


As far as losing so much time this year from the lake lots, Mayor Bruce Barry put a motion forward to extend this year’s lake lot season to November 15th and start early next year on March 15th.  The motion passed 6-1 with Jim Olive voting no and Shawn Burtle abstained.  Aldermen Kathy Driskell says she is excited to have the lake lots open again.



The board also approved increasing the maximum number of UTV’s to 35. Mayor Barry read a heartfelt letter addressing the importance of having a burn ban. After discussion, the motion to approve an extension on the burning leaf ban failed, effectively ending it. The motion failed 5-3 with Aldermen Driskell, Burtle, Lanzotti, Skultetty, and Bryant voting no on keeping it going and Aldermen Dorchinecz, Olive, and Budd voting yes. 


Mayor Barry had an announcement for some small businesses in Taylorville with a stimulus stipend from the BDD fund. 


Alderman Driskell spoke during the public comments section. She is concerned for many small businesses that have messaged her.



Mayor Barry says that if you have any comments, concerns, or questions to please contact him.

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