Milan trustees on Monday approved an application from Village Pub and Grill for a video gaming license, making it the village's first establishment to take advantage of the state's video gambling law passed in 2009.
Village clerk Barb Lee said Doug and Karla Bateman, the owners of Village Pub at 426 W. 1st Ave., have requested licenses for three machines. Milan charges a fee of $25 per machine.
"Hopefully they make some money for the business, but don't do any harm," said Mayor Duane Dawson. He added he would like to see more businesses seek video gaming permits from the village.
Trustees on Monday also heard treasurer Sarah Bohnsack report that the village finances are doing well, with more than $8 million in revenue.Mr. Dawson said it's the first time the village has reached that level.
"The revenue's are growing. The town is growing," he said. "We just hope the bills don't keep growing."
Trustees also heard concerns from George Smith, of Milan, about a groundhog problem near 8th and 9th avenues.He said the animals make it impossible to grow tomato plants and, fearing it's illegal to trap the groundhogs, he asked permission to trap them or shoot them with an air rifle.
"Two years ago I got 13, and last year I got nine. I've trapped quite a few of them," he said. "I have called Animal Control, the DNR and Rock Island County."
Ms. Lee said traps should not be used in residential neighborhoods and could endanger children. Mayor Dawson said he would work with Mr. Smith on a solution.
Today is Saturday, Aug. 30, the 242nd day of 2014. There are 123 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: A large pair of elk, captured in Iowa, were exhibited in Market Square today. 1889 — 125 years ago: The Rock Island Arsenal dam was being constructed under the supervision of Charles Frances, of Lowell, Mass. 1914 — 100 years ago: Mrs. Frank Mixer, of Rock Island, was the winner of the final preliminary for the women's handicap golf cup at Rock Island arsenal links. 1939 — 75 years ago: Sixteen hundred persons — many from war-fearful Europe — arrived in New York aboard the German liner Bremen. For two days on the trip, passengers were cut off from the world with both incoming and outgoing radio messages banned. 1964 — 50 years ago: Police reported five youths have been involved in the theft of about seven cars in recent weeks. Three of the youths were arrested Saturday afternoon, one was in custody as the result of a previous arrest, and the fifth is expected to be arrested today. 1989 — 25 years ago: The Rock Island/Milan School Board is asking the city to tear down Franklin School and allow the school district to pay back the estimated $100,00 cost during 10 years.