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October 21, 2017

10/12/2017 2:11:00 PM
Hutsonville liquor license clears way for video gaming
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The Hutsonville Village Board Tuesday night created a third liquor license, set Trick or Treat hours and discussed water and sewer issues.

The village board approved a Class C over the counter sales of beer and wine only in compliance with state video gaming laws.

Last month the board approved a request to create a third class of liquor license for the village. In 2001 the village created a Class A package liquor sales licenses and Class B over the counter sales license where restaurant food sales make up more than 50 percent of sales. The third Class C license would be for over the counter sales of beer and wine only in compliance with state regulations where video gaming machines are present.

No video gaming machines are present in the village and no one has yet applied for the license, but Hutsonville Foods store owner Mike Kraemer had requested the creation of the license as the first step if a business, like his, wanted to include gaming machines.

Kraemer and Hutsonville Foods currently holds the only Class A license, and the Class B license has never been issued. Kraemer said he has been considering how to incorporate video gaming into his business since it was legalized in 2013. "This is just a first step," said Kraemer.

Mayor Tina Callaway wanted to make it clear that no one has applied for the Class C license, which costs $1,000 and $750 to renew each year.

The village received an invoice for $12,000 worth of work for several projects in the village, including replacing a section of collapsed sewer drain tile on South Rose, and work to the lift station. The village received a discount for contracting several projects at one time.

The Robinson-Palestine Water Commission sent a notice they are raising rates to the village. Callaway noted that while all customers will see an increase, higher volume customers will see a larger percentage of increase.

Callaway did mention a request by a resident to drill a private well in the village limits. More information is needed to answer the request, but it was noted that a private well cannot cross connect to the village water system.

Shannon Woodard was contracted to serve as the waste water-water operator for another year.

The village approved the Crawford County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan. Approval of the plan keeps the village eligible for benefits and assistance in the event of disaster.

Fall cleanup for Republic customers will be Tuesday, Oct. 17. Items that do not fit in the regular trash dumpsters need to boxed, bagged or bundled for easy handling. No special metal pickup is schedule but residents are encouraged to place items out for local salvage collectors.

Trick or Treat hours will be Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. at houses with porch lights on.

The next scheduled meeting will be Tuesday, Nov. 14.

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