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 Wednesday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2014. There are 105 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn. 1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.