Much of the meeting centered around the public comment segment where residents passionately voiced their opinions regarding a recent letter received over the weekend. The letter stated residents were in violation of an ordinance if sheds on their property were closer than 7 feet to a side or rear property line and could occupy no more than 30% of the rear yard. If the shed was not moved or torn down within 5 days they would be fined $25 per day and a maximum of $500.
Village Administrator Mark Miller says this is just the first step in a long process.
“This is simply the first step in our compliance process which has not changed. Where the problem has come in is we haven’t been consistent with the process in the past, so most of the comments you heard in my opinion were directed at well you didn’t do this before why are you doing it now.”
Residents can appeal the letter or apply for a variance due to special circumstances.
The Village of Forsyth voted on two key issues last night. A resolution certifying a binding referendum question to determine whether term limits should be enacted for elected Municipal office holders failed with a vote of 4 to 3. Marilyn Johnson voted no because she stated she did not feel comfortable knowing the resolution may not be legal and it could be contested.
There was an update on the DCEO $200,000 Grant Application. Due to the grant requirements the scope of the Library Project changed. Approval of Additional Expenditures of $45,000 for the Scope of the Library Structural Repair Project passed with a vote of 4 to 3.