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Oct 24, 2018

Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting


Edited: Nov 7, 2018

Oct 24, 2018Edited: Sep 9

The May 30, 2017 Public Hearing was Public NOT a closed meeting!!!

From: Michael Stratton Sent: Tuesday, August 28, 2018 5:26 PM Subject: FOIA RESPONSE 18-065 We have reviewed your request for audio recording.  We were unable to locate the audio recording you referenced.  Minutes and/or any audio recordings to the meeting you request will remain closed from public inspection until such time as the Zoning Board meets again on a zoning matter thereby approving the minutes from the prior meeting, in accordance with FOIA and OMA and as noted in the decision by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office PAC Officer review of July 23, 2018.


Thank you. 

Michael Stratton, Village Administrator Village of Sherman Administrative Offices

401 St. John’s Drive

Sherman, IL. 62684





The wording of the OMA is not clearly defined: http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs3.asp?ActID=84&ChapterID=2


Because there is no time limit given in the law regarding the "second subsequent" regular meeting, the law allows an elected public body the ability to put off having a "second subsequent" meeting for as long as they like.


The Zoning Board of Appeals does not meet on a regular basis, and it is not uncommon for meeting minutes to not get approved for four months or longer. See the past meeting schedule below.

March 13, 2014 (Unknown reason, NO meeting minutes available)

October 6, 2014 7 months later (involving Sherman Public Library)

November 10, 2015 13 months later (involving 101 E. Main St.)

March 10, 2016 4 months later (involving Zinn/Clatfelter Quail Pointe Subdivision & 45 Parkway Dr)

August 15, 2016 5 months later (involving Brian & Julia Timm)

September 19, 2016 1 month later (involving 53 Woods Mill Rd.)

October 3, 2016 1 month later (involving Trevor J & Michelle K Clatfelter)

December 16, 2016 2 months later (involving Zinn/Clatfelter Quail Pointe Subdivision)

May 30, 2017 5 months later (involving Mr. Carter's cattle)

November 12, 2018 1 year 6 months later (involving additional Rail Development)

May 6, 2019 6 months later (involving Farm Credit Services)

September 9, 2019 4 months later (involving 425 Wood Duck Ct)





There is a Zoning Board of Appeals meeting scheduled for Monday, November 12, 2018 at 6 pm. Part of this meeting should include approving the meeting minutes of the May 30, 2017 Zoning Board of Appeals Public Hearing involving Mr. Ed Carter's request for a variance to graze his cattle on the 12.22 acre parcel along the Rail Road Track and north of his 40 acres. Mr. Carter's request was denied.





From: Michael Stratton

Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2018 5:38 PM

Subject: Re: FOIA Request May 30, 2017 Zoning Board of Appeals Audio Recording


We have searched the records both physical and digital and are unable to locate any audio recording of the May 30, 2017 Zoning Board of Appeals meeting. In conversation with the recording clerk of the meeting, he could not recall whether the meeting was being recorded or not and is unaware of where it would be located if recorded.

Thank you.

Michael Stratton, FOIA Officer

Village of Sherman Administrative Offices

401 St. John’s Drive

Sherman, IL. 62684


PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Village of Sherman Zoning Board of Appeals will conduct a public hearing on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 6pm at the Sherman Village Hall, Sangamon County, 401 St. John’s Drive, Sherman, Illinois 62684.  The purpose of the public hearing will be to consider a petition, submitted by the Rail Golf, LLC c/o Mr. William Smith, Jr., for a zoning and variance changes for the property bearing no common street address, but identified by Property Tax Identification Number 06-35.0-400-017.  At the public hearing, all persons interested will be given an opportunity to provide oral and written testimony.  The hearing may be continued to another date by motion of the Zoning Board of Appeals at the hearing without further notice.  Petition information is available for public inspection and review at the Village Administrative Offices, 401 St. John’s Drive, Sherman, IL. 62684.




The minutes above have the parcel number incorrect.


JULY 10, 2019








Mr. Wm Smith owns two parcels at the Rail (see below map)




RAIL GOLF LLC (see below map)



Parcel with pond included owned by Troy Mathews (see below map)







2019-05-06 Zoning Board of Appeals Public Hearing to consider a petition, submitted by the Farm Credit Illinois Services for a variance change for the property located at 1200 Old Tipton School Road to allow for 25 to 30 additional parking spaces to the west of the property. 11:15 minutes.

Jun 27Edited: Jul 10

Have you seen the picketing? So what's the issue with this job site?


SHAME ON FARM CREDIT ILLINOIS BANK of Sherman IL for not using local contractors on the new construction project expanding the existing parking lot. This businesses choice of General Contractors, Drake Construction & Excavating, which is based out of Charleston IL.


With that being said, all the wages earned on this project will go back home to be spent out of our local communities. How does this help Sherman and its surrounding areas economically? You know the answer!!!


Drake Construction & Excavation's spokes person responded by calling us “a bunch of unskilled douche-bags”, how professional...






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