The Norris City Village Board voted on Monday night to grant a new “pour” alcohol license to Smith Co. convenience store. Owner John Rednour addressed the board and said the Illinois laws for a gaming establishment must have a minimum “pour” license to serve alcohol. He is interested in installing gaming on the SmithCo property. The “pour” license is a courtesy for gamers. The board voted in favor of granting the license by one vote. Voting against the proposal was Trousdale and Skaggs, with Daubs, Johnson and James voting in favor.
Rednour stated SmithCo wants to be part of the community, and that the gaming room could bring in potentially $10 -15 thousand more in income to the village. He plans to open a garage for oil changes, fix tires and possibly sell tires also. Manager Debbie Smith stated that, currently, people are traveling from Norris City to Eldorado to game when they could be gaming here. Rednour stated that he and Kelly Ackerman would soon be forming an LLC.
All board members answered roll call, except for Carl Whipple. Mayor Kissel and Clerk Jim Crouch were both in attendance. Joe Skaggs said the prayer and led the pledge.
The January minutes were approved by all, as well as the Treasurer’s report. The January bills were approved for payment.
Joe Skaggs did express his feeling regarding the new alcohol license, stating that the initial vote for the town to go “wet” was won by only one vote. That vote came under a cloud of suspicion when there were reports of people casting votes from outside the village. He reminded the board that when they did grant licenses subsequently, they said that would be all they would grant, and that now it seemed like the board was moving away from its original stance in the matter.
The monthly police reports showed there was two vehicle accidents, and FTA warrant and a report of Check Fraud; one arrest; and one nuisance citation. Twenty-two calls came into County Dispatch; 12 calls to 911, 15 to the N.C. Police or office, and 16 citizen calls or contacts. A nuisance citation court date of March 6 at 9:30 has been set for the owner at 302 Gossett Street.
David Doerner reported he has found two bats in a church. He has caught 3 raccoons and 7 loose dogs, but given no citations. He did ask the board to consider stronger measures. The board will be considering an ordinance that will add fines to residents’ utility bills for animal control violations. The fines will have to be paid along with the utility bills or the violator may face shut off.
TIF updates: Healy Properties (Wild Bunch) – The property at 400 Boyd has been purchased and the trees have been removed. The area is now ready for a foundation to be poured.
Shorty’s BBQ – Heath Short attended the meeting and presented to the board his proposal for Shorty’s BBQ. He stated he has verbal agreement to purchase 5 parcels of land in the corner section of Main and Division.
The price for all 5 parcels is $20, 250. He is requesting assistance from the TIF district. The board voted to move forward with getting a contract ready to make with. Short stated the proposed building will be 24’x 65’ with a Hawaiian theme. He is looking to be open for business by July 1.
DoOver Decor – DoOver Decor closed today on the building on Division Street on. The board is still entertaining a proposal to assist them with the front windows and a door.
Dale Park – Two lots 21’ wide by 97’ long, the mayor proposes to make into a real park, with stepping stones, trees and plants, and picnic tables.
A Permanent Downtown Stage – The Dairy Day Association and Norris City Industries have both pledged $10,000 apiece towards a permanent downtown stage for Dairy Days. The mayor stated it may be possible the village can also pledge toward this project.
The mayor announced that Rick Satterfield had retired as of Jan. 31 and that Chad Mitsdarffer would now be occupying that office as the new COUNTRY Financial agent. CC Services pays the rent the first year and the board voted in favor of accepting a new contract with the new agent. The mayor gave Satterfield temporary use of the doctor’s clinic.
Due to the paper’s Monday night deadline and the length of the meeting, the rest of the Board meeting report will be in next week’s issue of The Villagers’ Voice.