Lucas Domonosky Breeze-Courier Writer
TAYLORVILLE – The Taylorville City Council met Monday, April 4th. They began by recognizing every player on the 7th and 8th grade volleyball teams whose seasons ended, but not before a fantastic run at the state tournament.
Mayor Barry called each player and coach by name and proclaimed the importance of their hard work and willingness to compete. The 7th grade took fifth place and the 8th grade third place.
The city approved the purchase of a front end loader with ARP funds. The south side of Pleasant Street (between Cherokee Street and Cottage Street) will receive a “No Parking” sign and the southeast corner of Pauline Street and Powers Street will receive a stop sign.
A discussion among city councilors was mooted over a motion to move the Assistant Treasurer’s office closer to the Treasurer’s office, which would cost nearly $10,500.
“We currently have an empty office at the airport that could be used as office space for Andy Goodall, who is HBO/airport manager,” Councilman Chris Skultety said. “If we had moved him there, the office he is currently in could be used as assistant treasurer. I can’t imagine spending more than $10,000 in taxpayers’ money to build a new office when it’s not needed.”
The motion passed by a vote of 5-3, with Kathy Driskell, Megan Bryant and Skultety voting no.
The Red Bland Little League was unanimously agreed to hold the Opening Day Parade on April 23, 2022. The route will go around the square and end at Manners Park where the ceremonies will take place.
The date for the ordinance review and public meeting to add a cannabis dispensary organization has been set for May 16, 2022.
City Attorney Romano added several blanks that needed to be filled, namely the application fee, a limit on the number of dispensary locations, post-on-sight use of cannabis, licensing a cannabis parlor, and finally, “how many feet would the Drop-off point must be outside of childcare and residential areas.”
The ordinance meeting will take place on April 21st. Further steps will be discussed.
The city and A Cut Above Lawn Care agreed on services for 2022 and ’23 for a total of $11,790 for both years.
Attorney Romano provided an update and reported that the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals had reported its position on two issues relating to Jamal Shehadeh. Shehadeh made two appeals, both of which were dismissed by the trial judge.
Mayor Barry’s updates included the groundbreaking ceremony, which took place early Monday morning. Another congratulations to the Jr. High volleyball teams and an indication of the future of honoring the youth and citizens of Taylorville.
He also announced the opening of Taylorville Lake, how good Oak Hill Cemetery is looking, the airport’s preparations for major modernization, and the Downtown Car Show was a success.
“As we move forward, the main focus is to fix our roads and sidewalks,” he said.
Saturday, April 23 will be “Spring Cleaning Day” in the city.
The next Taylorville City Council meeting will be held on Monday, April 18, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. in the council chambers of the Township Building.