The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

October 2, 2013

Changes in liquor ordinance fall in Hoopeston


HOOPESTON — City council members brought the hotly contested original liquor ordinance amendment back for a vote Tuesday. The ordinance had been tabled at the previous meeting following a call for further discussion.

The proposed ordinance would have increased the Class AA liquor licenses from two to five, increased B licenses from two to three and created 3 BB licenses.

Alderman Bill McElhaney stated said before the vote, "It should be fair and competitive to everyone for economic growth."

The voting ended in a tie. Aldermen Ankenbrand, Carter, Fell and McElhaney voted for the amendment. Alderpersons Stipp, Goodwin, Hamilton and Baughn voted no. The tie-breaking vote went to Mayor Bill Crusinberry, who abstained from voting, saying, "I’m not going to vote on this."

Without a majority, the proposed amendment failed.

In other business, council members approved a resolution authorizing the mayor to sign documents between the city and Arrow Ambulance Service to donate an ambulance to the fire department for its use.

+ Approved a request from Darrin Brewster, president of the Hoopeston Jaycees, and Scott Hudson, Haunted House and Spooktacular chairman, asked to use the first and second floors of the Willdon Building for their Haunted House through Oct. 31, and for time to clean up of the building to Nov. 15.

+ Approved a request from Scott Hudson that East Main Street from Bank Street to Third Street be closed 5:30-8 p.m. Oct. 29 for the Spooktacular.

+ The next Hoopeston City council meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 in City Hall, 301 W. Main St.