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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 Vol. 56, No. 12 Mt. Zion Chamber of Commerce 2015 Business Expo Held Last Saturday by CRYSTAL REED Editor I Mt. Zion Village Monday, April The meet g The Mt. Zion Chamber of Commerce held their annual Business Expo this past Saturday. The event featured local businesses, churches and community organizations. There were a total of 80 businesses represented among the business booths and Taste of Mt. Zion. There were 22 businesses that were appearing at the expo for the very first time. During last 'year's expo a stage and seating was added to the expo floor. Last year was the first year for a fashion show and it was brought back again this year by popular demand. This year's fashion show showcased the following businesses: Events Plus, Earthen Pottery, Marina's Bridal, Sav- Mor Pharmacy, St. Mary's Hospital and Decatur Jewelry and Pawn. Unique Boutique Salon and Spa provided their services for hair and makeup. The Drive Time Quartet, featuring vocalists Tim Mahannah, Andy Isbell, Tim Pashon and Rich Hansen performed on stage and also traveled around the room performing at various booths. Crossfit MTZ also utilized the stage for a demonstration of a five minute workout of the popular workout program. One of the booths had expo visitor working for entries to their giveaways, 2015 Hunt Easter I0: am at the Mt. Zion i, 1595 W. Main Street, are 0-3 year 7-8 year olds on Sunday, [ :6: pmi Music will be provided I and Pam Fisher: from: I Sp n eld, A free will offering[ will be collected at each concert If ! [ writing a cheek please make out to ] [ upi For more information | [ COntact 865,2136. | will host Shirley Kuster (left) and Janet Davis of Shirley's Flower Shoppe at the Business Expo last Saturday. There were 80 businesses represented among the business booths and Taste of Mt. Zion. More photos on pages 6 and 7, At Prairie State Bank's booth there was a wheel to spin with four games on it. One of the games involved using a straw to blow plastic cups off the table surface while more challenging games involved stacking three golf balls and seeking volun rs to bouncing pencils off the table surface into a plastic cup. Also new to this year's expo was the Expo game sponsored by S.A. Lewis Construction. At the door visitors received a map of all the booths. As they traveled around the expo they were to collect stamps at each booth and then turn in their game board. The winner of the expo game received $250 from S.A. Lewis Construction. Robinson and Wells Running For Mt. Zion Mayor In Upcoming April 7 Election In the upcoming April 7 for the first time in many years there is a contested race for Mt. Zion mayor. Don Robinson is the current mayor of Mt. Zion and has held the position for 12 years. Mark Wells has served as a village trustee for thepast 2 years.:Wesent out surveys to both candidates and are printing their responses.. Name: Don Robinson Occupation: Retired from ADM Spouse and Children: Wife - Tami, I Son- Tyler, Daughter- Hayley If you are an incumbent, how long Vo|un ra have you served in this position, and [ Senior Lunch P ram !what accomplishments are you most 1~ The ~atur-Macon [ proud to have participated in? I Opportunities Corporation I I have served as Mayor for the past Senior I(lu tion | 12 years. I am proud of our continued progress in the improvement of zentang!e Art Program There will be a Zent;ngle art imigram for'first through sixth graders on Tuesday, March 31 from 1:00 pmto 2:30 pm at Mt. Zion Library. Come learn the technique of Zentangle with hobby Jennifer The Decatur Genealogical Society will hold" our 2015 Spring Started and County April 23--State and Federal 30--Computer and 135 or Gall A. Mt. Zion's Quality of Life. This includes neighborhood safety, Parks & Recreation (Fletcher Park, Chill on the Hill, the Mt. Zion Trail, and year round class offerings), Economic Development (new restaurants, new retail shops, new personal service salons, and several pet grooming facilities), continuing improvements to our infrastructure (which includes streets, water supply, and sewer) and the general condition and beautification of the Village. Mt. Zion Library Hosts The Convention Center was built Economic Development (retail and with the goal of bringing visitors to Mt. commercial growth opportunities) Zion for Convention Center events but continues to be a top priority. The then having them return to shop at local economy has been sluggish nationwide merchants they may see on their way in for several years. The Village will and out of Mt. Zion. The Convention continue to pursue opportunities to Center is accompli hiag its goal of bring additional businesses into the bring visitors tothe Village and adding Village. Our economic consultant and to our general economy We know this local developer, Steve Lewis, continue past year the Convention Center has to pursue opportunities that will added $45,000 in additional property eventually bring in new businesses such tax 'revenues (currently going to the as ~ hotel, bakery, boutiques, and other TIF Fund) and $49,000 in additional personal and retail services. sales tax revenues as visitors return Street and sidewalk improvements to visit local businesses. Compared to are always a major topic with residents. 2008 (when there was no Convention We review and rank our streets every Center), sales taxes in 2014 are up two years based on multiple factors $70,000. and then plan and budget accordingly. Identify three issues you expectThis year we will be addressing major to face if elected and how you will failures with South Lake Court, North resolve each: Drive drainage and finalizing a pian for The new governor has indicated improving streets on the east side as his intent to take some of the LGDF well as possible sidewalks in the same (income tax revenue collected by the area. State for the benefit of the municipality) Now for the disclaimer: The for use at the State level. This could be Public Works Department and the a substantial amount of revenue loss administrative staff are concerned with for the Village. Until this shakes out each of the neighborhoods and works we are trimming our expenditures for to document and prioritize problems as the 2015-2016 budget and then wethey are identified. We then schedule will determine if the Village needs those projects based on the severity of to permanently address expenses or the problem, the number of residents revenues, impacted, and available dollars and Cupcake Decorating Competition For Teens labor. If elected what one problem would you fix first? Why is this important? Right after every election the Board and Staff have a planning session so the Board can decide if the Village is on course and needs to continue where we are focusing our attention and dollars or if we need to make a course correction and start focusing staff in another direction. Therefore except for someone new to the Board or Staff, we should already be fixing our highest priority problems from our planning session two years ago and based on ongoing input from our residents and employees. Currently on our list for next year are North Drive Drainage, South Lake Court rehabilitation, additional sidewalks (some in Fletcher Park) and initial splash pad engineering for Fletcher Park. I consider the planning sessions important so the Board has an opportunity to do an in-depth review of where we are currently headed, where we want to go and what it will take to make any course corrections. What would you bring tothis elected position that would give you an advantage over your opponents? I bring 12 years of experience as Mayor. This includes an excellent track continued on page 2 Village Board Hears Capital Improvement Plan by CRYSTAL REED Editor The Mt. Zion Village Board held a regular meeting on March 16. On the agenda was a works study session for the Five Year Capital Improvement Plan, approval of the Henderson Street Sidewalk request, an ATM agreement for the Mt. Zion Convention Center and approval of the final plat and rezoning of Creighton's 2nd addition. In public forum, Hayden Stocks thanked the board for placing the Henderson Street sidewalk on the agenda. Kathy Bray addressed the board regarding traffic on Debby Drive. She stated that she had a petition signed by residents on the street. Bray noted that some people don't realize that there are residents on one end of the road and they use driveways to turn around in. "One of the solutions we were thinking of even before Crawford's came was closing the road between the businesses and the residential," she said. Some of the reasons they would like the board to consider this is it would reduce the traffic and accidents while increasing parking for businesses and reduce speeding making the area continued on page 2 Mt. Zion Library hosted a Teen Cupcake) Wars competition last Wednesday afternoon. Teens competed in three rounds decorating cupcakes based off of Children's books, the prettiest cupcake and the most creative cupcake. Teens had a table full of decorations to choose from including candy, sprinkles, popcorn, cotton candy, food coloring to dye icing and more. Participants above (from left to right): Riley Houser, Kelsi Hayes and Gabby Watson. Not pictured: Taylor Phillips. photo by Crystal Reed. Leonard at 876-9602. It's a great way tolearn new things, and fun, page 2