Originally Posted Online: April 15, 2013, 10:19 pm
Last Updated: April 16, 2013, 12:26 am

Milan issues video gaming license

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By Sarah Hayden, shayden@qconline.com

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.