Milan trustees unanimously voted Monday night to change their ordinances to allowing video gaming in "liquor pouring establishments" within the village. |
The owners of two Milan establishments came to Monday night's meeting in hopes trustees would approve video gaming in village bars.
Illinois legalized such gaming in 2009 and now is accepting applications for licenses. Up to five machines per bar are permitted, with municipalities receiving 5 percent of the take from the machines.
Milan Mayor Duane Dawson voiced his concern for the machines but also said it is hard to say "no to the American Legion when they want these machines and want to do good things."
"We can't have disadvantages to the businesses," said trustee Bruce Stickell. "I don't see how we can say no, whether you like gambling or not."
Also on Monday, trustees heard that Milan Fire Chief Gary Chapman has issued a burn ban and a warning about recreational fireworks because it's been so dry. Wednesday night's fireworks still will be held, but the fire department plans to saturate the ground where the fireworks will be set off.
In other business, trustees
-- Completed the renewal for group health insurance for village employees. The village saw a $6,000 increase for insurance.
-- Note an agreement with Illinois Department of Transportation for the engineering and construction of an extension of the recreational path. The agreement is expected to save the village money.
-- Learned a second bench has been donated for the walking path and will be installed soon.
-- Heard pressure washing on the water tower has been completed. Bids will open later this month for demolition of the water tower ground storage tank.
Moline, IL Details
|(More Print Ads)|