David Dale, owner of Doug’s Food Mart, approached the Norris City village board last Monday night with the request to obtain a “pour” license, because he aims to add gaming to his establishment. Dale cited the increase in revenue from the current gaming establishments in Norris City and said he expected that revenue to continue to increase. He plans to partner with J and J.
The other establishments currently offering gaming are the American Legion, Mimmos’ and Kelly’s Quick Stop. Online records from 2016 and 2017 from the Legion establishment document an uptick in gaming activity, with 2018 showing the greatest leap, naturally, when two more gaming establishments were added. In the first two months of 2019, the current three establishments have a total of almost $900,000 in gaming activity, resulting in $3531.00 coming into the village coffers. Dale said he expects that to only continue to increase.
Total gaming activity in Norris City revealed these figures: $546,102.63 in 2016; $829,831.84 in 2017; $1,904,259.08 in 2018; and $892,723.00 in just the first two months of 2019. This is the amount of money spent on gaming.
Dale also requested the closing of an alley, either total or partial, behind his car wash across the street from the convenience store, with a plan to expand it. The board would have to write an ordinance, and the mayor stated that the neighbors on that alley would have to agree.
The April village board meeting convened at 7 p.m. Monday, April 1 with all trustees except for Joe Skaggs in attendance. Clerk Jim Crouch was also absent. Jack Johnson said the prayer and led the Pledge of Allegiance.
The board gave its approval to the March minutes and treasurer’s report. They also voted to pay the bills.
The mayor asked for the agenda to jump forward to announce that David Tarrant has resigned his position with the village and recommended Kyle Allen as his replacement. The board gave its agreement. The mayor reported that Justin Ingram is on light duty due to a work related injury of his knee which will likely require surgery.
Danny Woolsey was on hand to speak to the board about the village’s employee health insurance plan. The employees will all have to fill out new applications. The board voted to accept a Blue Cross/Blue Shield plan at a cost of $13,830 per month for the group plan.
The police report for March showd a charge of aggravated battery, aggravated assault, disorderly conduct at the Annex School, possession of cannabis at the Annex School, a dog running at large and a vehicle accident. There were no arrests. Citations were given for possession of cannabis at the Annex, the dog running at large and a warning was given for a semi with no insurance.
On Thursday, May 28, volved in the arrest of a male subject in Norris City. The White County Sheriff ’s Department, the Hamilton County Sheriff ’s office, McLeansboro Police Department, the Carmi Police Department, and the Illinois State Police had all been in search of the suspect, Lewis Richardson, after receiving reports from different sources referencing drugs, guns, threats, battery, hit and run, and more, occurring in different towns and counties. The Illinois State Police ultimately was the arresting agency.
April 30 is the due date to have tags paid for and on all four wheelers and golf carts. Go to the Village Hall to obtain these.
There was no animal control report.
The village requested permission from the board to purchase a new zero turn mower. Nobbe Equipment gave the village a quote for one with a five foot deck for a final cost of $5100 with a three year warranty, while giving an $1800 trade in on the old one which has 1600 hours on it. The board gave their approval.
The board voted to give $500 to the high school for the all night drug/alcohol free party and $300 for the NCOE golf scramble to sponsor a team a hole.
The Municipal IML handbooks 2019 Edition for newly elected officials is available for $20 each. The mayor wants to purchase them for the new board members who will be seated soon. The board agreed with this expense.
The board voted to spend $22,077 for new fencing at Beaty Field. Terrace Fence Company has agreed to stay with the price quote given last year. Village workers will be taking down the current fencing in preparation for the new installation after ball season is over. The mayor expressed his desire to find an old rotary to to aerate the ball field before the new fence is erected. The ball season is starting and it will be July before the new fencing can be put up.
The mayor said there was grant money available to install auto-readers for water usage. 600 in-town meters would cost $106,800, but the grant would pay 75%, with the village investing the rest. The board voted in favor of pursuing this project.
City-wide Rummage sales are scheduled for May 3 and 4, 2019 and city wide Cleanup Week is scheduled for May 6 – 10. The mayor said villagers should call the office by May 8 for pickup. Do not set out items weeks in advance. No tires, auto parts, paints or electronics are allowed for pickup.
The next meeting is May 6, 2019 at 7 p.m. The current board will meet and close out business before the new members are seated.
The meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.
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