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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Changes may be in store for Carrier Mills liquor ordinance

  • A request for an expanded liquor license and discussion of the impact of state budget cuts were the main topics at Tuesday night's village board meeting.
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  • A request for an expanded liquor license and discussion of the impact of state budget cuts were the main topics at Tuesday night's village board meeting.
    Mary Ham, the Casey's district manger for Southern Illinois petitioned the board for a liquor license expansion to permit the Casey's in Carrier Mills to sell wine and liquor.
    "We have been a responsible retailer," she told the board.
    The mayor, Louis Shaw raised concerns about the need to review village liquor laws to bring them into line with the recent changes in Harrisburg's liquor regulations stating that since Carrier Mills regulations were based on Harrisburg's the village did not want to create a situation where customers were leaving establishments in Harrisburg and possibly driving under the influence to Carrier Mills to purchase alcohol.
    Board members questioned Ham as to how the liquor would be displayed in the store. Mary Ham responded that initially the liquor would be kept on display behind the counter but if increased sales warranted it, the company policy was to use a six by six foot locking display case. The board based on the mayors statements about fine tuning village liquor laws, tabled discussion on the request pending further study.
    The board heard a report from the mayor on the effect of Governor Pat Quinn's proposed budget cuts on village finances. Under the proposed cuts the village would lose $20,000 for fiscal year 2014 if the cuts are passed by the state government. These funds come from Carrier Mills share of the state sales tax revenue. The mayor urged board members to call or write to their elected officials to oppose the cuts.
    The board approved a second application from Fred Mann for permission to install a mobile home on a lot at the corner of Carline and Wiley streets in Carrier Mills. Previously, the board had denied a request because of concerns about the trailer's condition and the time renovations bringing it up to code would take. Fred Mann told the board that all materials were on hand, stored inside the mobile home and once it was moved here from Galatia renovations would be complete within 30 days.
    David Kyle informed the board on the status of replacement of traffic control and street signs in the village. New state regulations require the signs to be larger with larger lettering. Kyle told the board that all traffic control and street signs should be replaced by late fall of this year.
    In other actions, the board:
    • Approved the employment of Trevor Horton as a new village fire fighter.
    • Expressed appreciation to Scott Figg for completing electrical wiring of the Catskin Days concession stand on his own time at no charge to the city.
    • Heard a report on the progress of construction of a permanent stage for Catskin Days festivities from Greg Prince and Bill Jensik.
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