By Zach Arbogast
The Forreston Village Board said goodbye Monday to a trustee who has served for 16 years.
Village president Mark Metzger thanked Marc Stamm, who did not seek to run for another village board term this past election cycle.
“Marc, you’ve done a great job and served the board faithfully for so many years,” said Metzger. “I’ve been thinking about this since I saw you didn’t file paperwork in March, and we just want you to know how much we appreciate you.”
“I just think it’s time to let someone else have a turn,” Stamm said. “I’ve enjoyed serving a lot, and loved working with everyone. I made a lot of friends.”
Stamm’s seat will be filled by Vickye Norris, who says she’s ready to serve and give back to the community.
In another matter, the board has discussed the possibility of vacating Chestnut Avenue, as per a request from resident Romaine Capps.
A shed build on Capps’ property on the southwest part of town, between Elm and Birch streets, reaches out onto property owned by the village.
“I’m not looking to make a large profit,” said Capps. “I just want to be able to sell the property, and not leave a future buyer with a legal battle.”
During the April 3 meeting, the board opted neither to vacate Chestnut Avenue, nor to sell the southeastern railroad property nearby, due to developmental possibilities with the Tax Increment Financing and Business Development Districts.
“We want her to be able to sell her property without an issue,” said Metzger. “We’re going to find how to legally make that happen, likely in the form of an easement, but that’s what we’re going to figure out.”
The board also granted a variance and building permit to Rock Falls based Turnroth Sign Co. to build a sign for Dollar General, who is moving into the lot at the corner of Ill. 26 and Baileyville Road.
The permit request was to build the illuminated, double-sided sign facing north and south towards residential areas.
“We typically don’t allow this, because a lit sign facing residential areas becomes a disturbance after hours,” said trustee Ken Toms, head of building permits. “However, the sign is set to automatically turn off after the store closes, and if it’s not going to shine towards homes at night, we think we can make it work.”
The village board meets again on Monday, May 2 at 7 p.m. at the village hall. The meeting is open to the public.