The Enfield Village Board has begun gathering gaming and liquor ordinances from surrounding towns to survey, as they will soon begin deliberations to write new gaming and liquor ordinances for the Village of Enfield. A special meeting is planned for May 21 to begin the work. According to Jason Smith, General Manager of J&J Ventures, who spoke to the board at the May meeting, the Village will first have to rescind the current ordinances for both liquor and gaming. The Village must have a liquor license and a pour license in place before they can apply for the gaming license from the state.
Connie Welch of One Stop stated that she is interested in liquor sales at her establishment only for Monday through Saturday and has no intention of selling on Sunday. The trustees told her it may take a month or two to get the ordinances ready.
Ronnie York and Rick Basinger asked if a special event license could be issued for possibly a “beer tent” at Mule Day. The Mule Day Association would not be sponsoring the tent, but there has been inquiry from others about it.
The full board was in attendance on Tuesday, May 15 as the meeting came to order at 7:30 p.m. at the Village Hall. Others present were Village Secretary Tammy Jones; Nathan Poore, Chief of Poice, Utilities Superintendent Steve Bishop; Village Attorney, Jonathan Turpin; Rick Basinger, Ronnie York, Jason mith, Beverly Thompson, Connie Welch, Donald Long and Perfecto Long Fernandez.
Jonathan Turpin was on hand to present the Tentative Budget, which was set for $1,296,930. The board accepted the tentative budget and the final budget will be presented at the July 17, 2018 meeting for approval.
Donald Long was issued a burn ticket on Monday evening, May 14. He claimed there was no fire and it was a smolder from earlier in the day. He asked the board to rescind the citation. Attorney Turpin spoke with Officer Poore in private and made a recommendation to the board. After all sides had made their comments, no action was taken.
Beverly Thompson requested the closure of Wilson St. She is erecting a new building and found that she is on this undeveloped street. A motion was made to close Wilson Street from the west right-of-way line of Hickory St. to the east right-of-way line to Mulberry St. The motion died. A new motion was made right-of-way line of Hickory St. to the east rightof- way line at Mulberry St. and that the pursuant party takes care of all fees associated with the closing costs and recording at the White County records keeper in the White county, Ill. courthouse. All voted in favor.
Nathan Poore reported that things have been quiet for the police department. He said there is a grant available for 75% funding with the village adding the additional 25% at a zero percent interest. This would be for something the village needed. The board gave their approval to look into the grant.
Steve Bishop asked for an executive session to discuss the report he had on properties. He asked for Jonathan and Tammy to remain in the chambers for the session. The board went into executive session at 8:50 p.m. and returned to open meeting at 10:01 p.m.
After returning to open session, the board voted to drop the citation issued to Donald Long and his partner Perfecto, but with the stipulation that they understand the burning ordinance. If they don’t comply, future citations will be issued. Jim Bolin abstained from the vote.
No action was taken on the properties in question.
The Mayor announced that water rates will be raised effective the July billing from the Hamilton County Water District to $4.06 per 1000 gallons. The trustees voted to raise Enfield’s current rate by the cost of the rate increase. The board voted to donate $250 to the Blue Ribbon 4-H Club for their summer lunch program, which will include senior citizens this year.
The board again went into Executive Session to discuss employee raises at 10:15 p.m. The board returned to open meeting at 10:35 p.m.
Jim Bolin addressed the employees, explaining that the board had agreed in 2016 to cap raises and review again in two to three years. At the present time, the board did not deem it feasible to give an hourly wage increase. However, the board did give each employee a $500 clothing allowance in lieu of a raise for this year and promised to review the situation again in May 2019.
Mayor Harbour inquired of Aaron Dauby about the street project. The estimate currently stands at $10,000 to do form the intersection of Birch and Church St. to Fir Street. He is still waiting on Allen Trucking to give their price of “ripping” the street before the final numbers are ready.
A special meeting will be held on Monday, May 21 at 6:30 p.m. when the trustees will begin work on the liquor ordinance. This will be the only thing on the agenda.
The meeting adjourned at 10:40 p.m.
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