South Jacksonville board passes audit, concert agreements

By Jim McCabe on February 7 at 7:14am

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Local Boy Scout Troops filling in for the South Jacksonville board. Representation of board member in parentheses: Duncan Johnston of Waverly, Troop 115 (Gordon Jumper), Owen Blackorby of Jacksonville, Troop 107 (Dani Glascock), Lucas Killion of Roodhouse, Troop 155 (Steven Douglas), Terry Dinger of South Jacksonville, Troop 113 (Attorney Allen Yow), Tim Seymour of Jacksonville, Troop 107 (Steven Waltrip), Cameron Hume of Jacksonville, Troop 107 (Kem Wilson), Peyton Tucker of Roodhouse, Troop 155 (Michael Elliott, not present), Jaydan Ware of Jacksonville, Troop 107 (John Gotschall), Ethan Elmore of Jacksonville, Troop 107 (Sondra Smith).

It was a busy meeting for the South Jacksonville board of trustees last night.

The board at its monthly meeting re-upped an agreement to have an annual audit conducted by the firm Zumbahlen, Eyth, Surratt, Foote and Flynn.

Mayor Gordon Jumper says trustees asked to put the audit out for proposal; it was reviewed at a committee meeting last month, and the recommendation was made to have the service continued at a cost not to exceed $12,000.

The board also voted to amend a section of the village’s Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance. Jumper explains that because of the configuration of Interstate 72 and the overpass on Route 267, developers are advising the village that they need to put put up signs higher than the current 80-foot limit.

“What this does it allows developers to come to the Plans Commission and request a sign higher than 80 feet, but they have to do it as part of an overall plan of unit development so that the Plans Commission gets to look not only at the improvement of infrastructure, but simultaneously look at what the additional construction is going to be before they make a determination as to whether they’re going to allow those higher signs,” he explains.

Jumper says the new limitation is that the height of a sign can’t be greater than 50 percent of the existing limit.

Trustees voted to approve four agreements related to this year’s Concert in the Cornfield with Variety Attractions, William Morris Endeavor, Event Production and Management and Mike Mason Sound.

Jumper says the agreements, along with the $60,000 price tag of the headlining act, represent the total cost of this year’s show, unless there’s an opening act. He says that’s comparable to the cost of concerts in previous years for this event.

“Variety Attractions is the broker that arranges these artists to come to our venue or anybody else’s venue. It’s fundamentally done on a percentage of commission basis. The Event Production and Management are the people who erect the stage and provide us with the stage. Mike Mason Sound provides all the sound equipment for the entertainers,” explains Jumper. “Total production cost here is about $82,500.”

Two of the action items last night were for the village’s South East extension project. One was an adjustment to a Tax Increment Financing agreement with Prairie Power. Jumper says the initial deal was to reimburse Prairie Power for the cost of road construction.

“We made changes from the original proposed cost and design plans and asked that the materials be increased. We asked that the roadway be increased from eight inches of concrete to ten inches of concrete, and we asked that the pipe size for water and sewer be increased so that we can have greater utility capacity,” says Jumper.

“Those material costs are significant, and the developer said if [they’re] going to make those improvements, [they] would like to be reimbursed for it. We felt like that was the fair thing to do, so we increased the amount of reimbursement to $588,000.”

The other South East action item was an easement agreement with Farm Credit Services. Jumper says it allows for certain right-of-way to be dedicated for the extension, as well as certain public utility easement, so the village can lay water, sewer, electric and gas utility lines along the road.

The board approved the rezoning of property at 510 West Greenwood. Jumper says it was previously church property not on the tax roles that has since been sold and become personal property. It was re-zoned to R-1 to be brought on the tax rolls.

All of the motions passed unanimously with the aid of several local Boy Scout Troops, who sat in for the board, Jumper and the village clerk last night. Trustee Mike Elliott was not present.

The board also heard annual reports from the village office manager, building inspector, police and fire chiefs, and water department supervisor. Jumper says those reports will be available on the village’s website in the near future.