Council Hears Proposal for Liquor License

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Published on December 5 2012 4:01 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Effingham City Council members Tuesday heard a proposal for a liquor license for use at the former Ichabod's location on South Banker Street.

James Atteberry told commissioners he plans to pretty much continue the same operation seen at Ichabod's just prior to its closing.  Atteberry is seeking a Class B/E liquor license.  The license permits alcohol consumption inside the building and in an enclosed area outside the building.

Atteberry said he would use the fenced-in area now in place at the location.  He said food items would be available.  He also plans to start dart leagues and pool leagues and would include bag games and horseshoe pits.

When asked what the Council can do regarding video gambling at the establishment, City Attorney Tracy Berberich told commissioners they can either allow it at the establishment or not, and can set an annual fee to be paid the City. 

Meanwhile, there was a delay in action on a Class B-1 liquor license for 221 Investments, which plans to operate an establishment in the former Rexroat's Distinctive Dining building downtown.  Mayor and Liquor Commissioner Merv Gillenwater explained that once a license is issued, the operators must be in business within 60 days and the developers aren't sure they'd be ready.

Council members heard from 911 Board member Norbert Soltwedel who offered a progress report on the development of parameters for a study of the efficiency of the 911 system.  Soltwedel hopes the request for proposals could go out in January.  He said he wants it to be an open process where getting the study completed is concerned. 

City Commissioner Matt Hirtzel asked whether the Board will implement the findings of the study?  Soltwedel said that is up to the full Board, but emphasized that it was the desire of the Board to have the study undertaken.

Council members also discussed the proposed reconstruction of Merchant Street downtown from Jefferson to St. Anthony Avenue with concrete pavement, storm sewer, and sidewalks so it would match other city streets.

The Council voted to approve the fiscal year tax levy, asking for 4.99% more than what was actually extended for taxes last year.  Commissioner Brian Milleville voted against the levy package.  Council members also renewed various insurance coverages and put in place the mechanism to acquire electricity as a community in hopes of saving money