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By Tavia Jean
(TAYLORVILLE) — The Taylorville City Council met on Monday night and passed an ordinance which will limit the number of liquor licenses issued for video gaming establishments. The vote was 6-2.
Aldermen Jim Olive and Megan Bryant voted “no.”
Under the new ordinance, the number of those types of liquor licenses are capped at the current number and any additional licence will have to be approved by the Council.
Another ordinance passed increased the fee for cigarette and tobacco dealer’s licenses. Previously, the Council had discussed a $3,000 increase. But after discussion, they agreed to increase the amount to $500. The measure was then approved unanimously.
Fines for selling tobacco or vapping products to minors were set. First offense will be a $750 fine. The second offense would also result in a $750 fine plus suspension of the license from 30 to 90 days, depending on the date of the license issuance. The third offense will result in another $750 fine and the lifetime suspension of the license.
Also the ordinance will restrict advertisements, banners and signage on or about the exterior and interior of the licensed premises of cigarette and tobacco licensees. It is similar to the ordnance prohibiting signage to the slot machine places.
The Council recognized the Taylorville High School FFA team for being Nation Champions, and proclaimed Monday, Nov. 20, 2023 as “Taylorville FFA Day.”
Business development district redevelopment agreements between the city and Heartland Development Partners, Inc. and Cynthia Frisina, 201 W. Main Cross St. in phase six of the project; Joshua Assad, 316 W. Vine St. and 115 N. Webster St.; Meidi Enterprises, LLC, John M. Corso, Heidi Corso, and Heartland Development Partners, Inc.
Council members agreed unanimously to award low bids of chemical materials for the water treatment facility.
In other actions, a resolution was passed to add a new vehicle to Exhibit A of the Master Lease Agreement with Taylorville Fire Protection District for leasing TFPD vehicles. They also approved the expenditure of nearly $19,000 for Crawford, Murphy and Tilly (CMT) for the Taylorville Municipal Airport project. A request was made to the Illinois Department of Transportation for reimbursement.
Under cemetery business the City Council approved the purchase of a 2024 John Deere X-750 Riding Lawn Mower from Sloan Implement in Taylorville at a cost of at most $11,000. The fee will be paid from the Perpetual Care Interest Fund in the FY 2023/2024 Budget.
The city renewed its General Liability/Auto, Property/Equipment and Sales Tax Interruption insurance coverage from ICRMT for just over $413,000 and the Worker’s Compensation Policy Renewal Premium of $241,000 from the Illinois Public Risk Fund.
City Attorney Rocci Romano is to prepare an ordinance for the remote meetings attendance for council members and an ordinance to update the city building codes to conform to the state of Illinois building codes.
An Ordinance, under Truth-in-Taxation Act, stating the city’s proposed tax levy is under 105% of the amount previously extended, not requiring a Truth-in-Taxation public hearing.
The Council went into a closed session at 7:35 p.m. to discuss salary negotiations. The closed session ended at 8:15 p.m. with no action being taken.