STAUNTON — The first reading of an ordinance to update the city’s zoning map took place during the Staunton City Council’s meeting on Monday night, Mar. 14.
The map shows existing zoning uses, divisions, restrictions, and classifications.
Upon adoption of the ordinance, it will be the official zoning map. It will also be binding to the city’s Zoning Code.
The ordinance will move for final approval at their next meeting on Monday, Mar. 28.
North Wood Street to close June 4 for a block party
Vicki Renner presented a request via letter to close North Wood Street on Saturday, June 4 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. There will be a block party on that date, sponsored by Pearl Essence Studio, an event that marks its third anniversary.
The street closure will impact North Wood Street between Main Street and Duda Drive.
Renner additionally made a request for tables and chairs for the event to allow craft, resale, food, and drink vendors to sell their offerings.
Both requests were given approval.
Staunton Council and staff announcements
City clerk Dennis Stiegemeier reported the completion of their annual workers’ compensation audit. The audit was on March 9.
The council agreed to pay an invoice sent to the Streets and Sewers department to Vandevanter Engineering for annual maintenance service for their lift stations. The cost was $3,282.
The collector reported the following income:
- Staunton Police Department: $130
- Macoupin County Circuit Clerk: $514.77
- MFT – Illinois Department of Revenue: $5,797.45
- MFT Renewal – Illinois Department of Revenue: $6.270.40
- Sales Tax – Illinois Department of Revenue: $65,353.61
- Property Replacement – Illinois Department of Revenue: $7,894.30
The council approved city expenditures of $22,893.17, payroll expenses of $63,078.91, and manual checks of $256.40
Patty Brauer will receive reimbursement of 75 percent of modification expenses for her building on East Main Street as outlined in the city’s TIF redevelopment agreement. The expenses were $6,350, so Brauer will receive $4,762.50. Overall, the expenses break down to window work and a new awning installation.
A business license was issued to Bamboo Garden. A meat shoot license was also granted to Concordia Hall, Inc.
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