The Commercial-News, Danville, IL


May 7, 2014

Hoopeston council rejects expanded liquor sales

HOOPESTON — City council members on Tuesday voted down the proposed expanded liquor license ordinance amendment with Mayor Bill Crusinberry casting the deciding vote.

The vote was 5-4 against the amendment with Aldermen Larry Baughn, Bill Goodwine, Brandon Hamilton and Alderwoman Nancy Stipp voting against the proposed amendment.

"I am voting against it," said Crusinberry. He went on to explain, "We have three package liquor stores. I feel we have enough, so I am voting 'no.'"

The last time this amendment was brought to a vote, Crusinberry abstained from voting, ending the vote on the previous amendment in a tie.

The aldermen voting for the amendment were Carl Ankenbrand, Joe Fell, Randy Carter and Bill McElhaney. Each thought it was an opportunity to help a business grow and one that could have brought in extra tax dollars to the city.

In other business, council members voted unanimously on a resolution to spend $150,000 for the motor fuel program for the 2014 year. The streets involved would be Main Street from the railroad through Market Street, the sidewalk repair on Bank Street, and patching three areas on 5th Avenue and Birch Street, Illinois Route 9 and Euclid and the end of Washington Street. Broken water lines were involved in each of these areas.

Council members also voted unanimously amending the golf cart ordinance to allow golf carts on the city streets from Jan.1 to Dec.31 to be driven only on the dedicated streets and alleys in the city. Golf carts can now cross both Illinois Routes 1 and 9 at a 90-degree angle.

Council members approved unanimously $5,000 for the marque at the Lorraine Theatre as part of the 2013 facade program.

Alderman Bill Goodwine presented the 2014-2015 budget to the council, stating there was a $2,560 surplus. The budget was approved. Also approved was the audit bid of $6,000 by Russ Leigh & associates.

Aldermen learned the Hoopeston and Jerky logo would be placed on the water tower only on the east and west sides and not on the ground storage tanks.

The next city council meeting will begin at 7 p.m. May 20 in City Hall, 301 W. Main St.


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