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, Oct. 1, the 274th day of 2014. There are 91 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: It is rumored in the streets that the 13 negroes sent to Quincy on the Moline quota were refused. We think this must be a mistake. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Harvey McKenna, of Detroit, billiard player matched to play Wizard Schafer in New York in January for the world championship, was a professional friend and manager, Billy Catton in Rock Island. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Levi Cralle, former Rock Island county sheriff, had come from his farm near Mitchell, S.D. to visit friends in the city. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Work is being rushed on the new high school building in Orion to replace the one destroyed by fire last winter. Classes are being held in churches. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Rehearsals for the 84th season of the Handel Oratorio Society chorus will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday on the stage of Centennial Hall, Augustana College. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Rock Island City Council's plan announced this week to have the federal government vacate Valley Homes public housing and move residents to Arsenal Courts to reduce density may not be feasible.