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(TAYLORVILLE) — The Taylorville City Council met Monday evening in the Taylorville Municipal Building Council Chambers. During the meeting, there was a discussion on video gaming parlors and placing a limit on the number of licenses.
During the discussion, there was a motion presented to have City Attorney Rocci Romano draft an ordinance to limit the number of video gaming liquor licenses to the current number of 40, with additional video gaming liquor licenses to be added only upon council approval.
Second Ward Alderman Chris Skultety broke down the list of video game places by category. Doug Brown, Third Ward, wanted to know why this was needed, as the Council already votes on all gaming licenses.
Taylorville Mayor Bruce Barry says he is adamantly opposed to all limits. Mayor Barry would like to keep business opportunities open.
The motion passed with a five to three vote. Aldermen Jim Olive, Randy Mitchelson and Megan Bryant voted “no” on the action.
Romano also provided updates regarding paid leave and remote work policies. The council will be working on paid leave and remote work guidelines, as well as the building code, to make sure all state standards are met before the deadline of 2025.
Council members honored the Taylorville Junior High School baseball team for being Regional Champions. The team has had an incredible season, with a record of 13-3. The Mayor proclaimed Oct. 2, 2023, “Taylorville Junior High Baseball Day.”
The Halloween Parade will be held on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Trick or Treat hours will be Oct. 30 and 31, 2023, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Fall Clean-up Day is scheduled for Nov. 4, 2023.
Payment for several on-going projects and engineering were approved Monday night. Those include a surveying and engineering proposal of the Downtown Business District Area by Benton & Associates at a cost not to exceed $44,000; Engineering proposal to include plan preparation, state permits, and IDOT coordination for the Route 104 Sidewalk Project at a cost not to exceed $34,000; Pay requests from Truman L. Flatt and Sons Co., Inc. for $270,852.76 for work on the North Main Street Improvements Project and a second request from Flatt for $66,953,83, for work on the City Parking Lot Improvements Project. Change orders on both projects were also approved.
Also approved was work and painting on the cemetery equipment shed by Chuck Bullard at a cost of $10,000 or less. Business development agreements between the city and John McDowell/Angelo’s Pizza and John Stork an Rich Payne/Franklin Storage were approved.
A pair of city employees spoke during the public comment port of the meeting. Deputy City Clerk Tammy Rogers and Crystal Nichols asked the council members to make themselves aware of what they described as “a workplace violence incident.” There was no other information released.
The next Taylorville City Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 16, in the Council Chambers of the Taylorville Municipal Building.