The Taylorville City Council conducted a lot of business during their 33-minute meeting Monday night.
The Council first recognized the Taylorville High School boys basketball team, and its head coach Carey McVickers, on their outstanding season. The team went 18 and 16, and made it to the state sectional playoffs for the first time in 10 years.
McVickers was also presented a proclamation stating April 16th as “Carey McVickers Day” in the City of Taylorville. He was presented the proclamation by Taylorville mayor Greg Brotherton, who also presented McVickers with a key to the city.
Taylorville aldermen Monday night acted on a number of motions Monday night. They annexed 5 parcels into the city, including properties at 1110 West Coal Street, 1505 South Houston, 4 Hillcrest Court, 16 Wedgewood Court, and 312 Beechwood Drive. Council members also approved changing city code to now require trees to provide at least 14 feet of clearance above sidewalks and streets, instead of the present 8 feet, with aldermen Rob Heberling and Martin Vota voting no sayins they were against language in the ordinance allowing the city to prune on private property when it interferes with a street light or traffic light or sign.
They OK’d forwarding to the finance committee, the proposed fiscal year 2014 Police Department budget; voted to advertise for a deputy city treasurer; and forwarded the fiscal year 2014 Police Department budget to the Finance committee.
City Council members in Taylorville Monday night passed a number of items on their agenda. Aldermen voted to purchase a 3G modem for the defribulator monitor and enter into an air time contract; forwarded the proposed fiscal year 2014 Fire Department budget to the Finance committee; designated ambulance fee revenue and non-resident call revenue to be used for the future purchase of a new ladder truck; OK’d promoting Sheryl Smith in the Water Department; and OK’d to advertise for an equipment operator in the Water Department.
Taylorville aldermen Monday night passed a hold harmless agreement regarding a Taylorville Lake lot road encroachment, and accepted a quote of 35-hundred dollars for airport liability insurance, with one-thousand dollars of the premium to be paid by the Mid-America Parachute Club as their annual Liability Amendatory Endorsement Fee for adding their skydiving operations to the policy.
The Taylorville City Council Monday night voted unanimously, to request that local State Representative Wayne Rosenthal, hand deliver a letter from the City, to Governor Pat Quinn, offering forgiveness of the Taylorville Prison water bill, in exchange for the city’s annexation of the Prison. Water Committee chairman Ernie Dorchinez told Regional Radio News, that the City has tried to get the State’s attention on the past-due water bill for months.
Taylorville aldermen also learned Monday night, that Ameren has offered to install switches to de-energize the lower set of wires going down the alley north of the Street Department on Cherokee for a pending project, at no charge; and the Council voted to forward the fiscal year 2014 Water Department budget to the Finance Committee.