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“Kind of a testament to what happens when all four of us start putting our heads together to accomplish a common goal.” Those were the words of Chatham Village President Kimsey after finishing a string of ordinances annexing and rezoning the area known the the “Curry Property.” This areas was formerly part of the Janet Marcia Jones Curry Individual Trust. The process took several years, and was supported by both the village, as well as the library, school, and fire districts.  They all extended their thanks to the Currys as well.

The board then discussed the rezoning and special use permits of properties just outside of the village on Palm Road. Although not legally inside the village proper, they are in the exclusive economic zone around the village. One of the new uses for the property is as a tavern, which would also include video gambling. This raised concerns on the village board. In addition to the common issues with gambling, signage was also considered. Limiting the size and type of signage was seen as important for protecting the public image of Chatham to travelers coming up on I-55. They wanted to ensure a garish sign for gambling was not the first thing motorist would see.

Because the property was being rezoned, the board had the opportunity to put provisions in the ordinance to address these concerns. The owner said he had no plans to put up any unreasonable signage, and the rezoning was approved with these restrictions.

The village also renewed its health insurance with Blue Cross Blue Shield. The increase was only 3.9 percent, which was described as being very favorable.

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Senior strategist, statehouse reporter and political correspondent for Springfield Daily. Graduate of District 117 and UIS. Thomas covers stories in both Morgan and Sangamon Counties, as well as statewide politics.

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LIVE | Springfield City Council committee of the whole February 13th, 2019

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Follow along live with the Springfield City Council committee of the whole. This meeting was moved from the 12th for Lincoln’s birthday. Brian McFadden from Sangamon County spoke about the animal control situation and the county’s policies.

UIS baseball coach Chris Ramirez was recognized for his team’s achievements. Ramirez was awarded coach of the year.

This meeting was preceded by a special City Council meeting, where $1.2 million in TIF funding was approved for the Poplar Place Redevelopment Project. This money will go towards road infrastructure for the area. The council was unanimous in their support for the project, and looks forward to the multi-million dollar development.

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Boy Scout day at Jacksonville City Council showcases parliamentary procedure

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City council meetings can be a intimidating event for the first time visitor. The procedures that help the meetings run smoothly can be difficult to understand or track if you don’t know what’s going on. But at last night’s city council meeting in Jacksonville, local Boy Scouts got a hands-on look at why the council does things this way. This chance for the scouts to take part in the council meeting is an annual event.

The meeting’s agenda was routine. Claims were paid, and the liquor ordinance was amended. But the lack of action was a chance for Mayor Ezard and the aldermen to explain the procedure for the meeting.

During the workshop, the parks and lakes department also discussed a grant they are trying for to expand the trails at Lake Jacksonville. You can watch that discussion in the player below.

 

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LIVE | Springfield City Council meeting February 5th

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Follow along live with the Springfield City Council meeting for February 5th, 2019. There will be a presentation on the National Register of Historic Place’s survey of the Central East Neighborhood, as well as a presentation from the Mayor’s Youth Council. A new bike share program for the Springfield area will also be voted on.

This is the power point that will accompany the registry presentation City Council Presentation Central Neighborhood Study.

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