In front of an audience that included a few interested video gaming establishment representatives, the city council’s Public Services Committee on Tuesday night recommended amending city code pertaining to video gaming licenses.
The full city council will act on the amendment next week.
City Corporation Counsel David Wesner said the city didn’t want to duplicate the state licensing process and what the state now does under the Video Gaming Act.
For example, the city won’t require an additional background check with the license holder, as the state requires.
The reason the city is also licensing the establishments at all is for “some monitoring and enforcement,” Wesner said.
He said if there is no local license, the city can’t step in on issues.
“We want the ability to react locally as quickly as we can if a problem comes up,” Wesner said.
The city is altering its current arrangement regarding amusement devices in certain establishments that serve liquor.
The machine owner and licensed premise will see fees.
Under the proposed annual licensing, it will cost $100 for each video gaming terminal and a $50 fee for the licensed premise.
Mayor Scott Eisenhauer said with the specific liquor license required for the video gaming machines, the city
now could see 100 machines in the city.
Penalties of suspension or revocation of a license can occur, in addition to fines of $100 to $5,000 for a licensing violation.
One premise can have up to five video gaming terminals, as licensed by the state.
Eisenhauer said the penalties are to serve as a deterrent and a way to discipline repeat offenders.
The state expanded video gaming in 2012, allowing certain businesses to operate video gaming machines for profit.
In addition to the licensing fees, the city will derive revenue, 5 percent of state revenues of the local machines, from the operations under the Illinois Video Gaming Act.
The city’s proposed 2013-14 budget shows the video gaming machine tax bringing in $6,500.
In other business Tuesday, the committee:
- Learned that Glen Laird is the new director of the Humane Society of Danville. Laird has a city background, with the fire and pool divisions.
- Learned police officer Joshua Webb has been promoted to sergeant with the Danville Police Department.
That means that K-9 officer Lesko, whose handler was Webb, is now retired and is a “private citizen,” Public Safety Director Larry Thomason said.
A new hire in the police department will occur next month.
- Recommended the fire department apply for a firefighter assistance grant to cover Emergency Medical Services equipment bags that cost $2,800.
The grant is through the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Thomason said the bags are required on all apparatus and will replace current equipment.
- Learned that an agreement for phone and Internet service with Comcast was removed from the meeting agenda due to other entities expressing interest in submitting price quotes, according to Eisenhauer.
He said the city will send out a request for proposals.
- Recommended approving auditing services to be completed by Clifton Gunderson for a fee not to exceed $48,800 for the city, $4,000 for the library and $8,900 for Danville Mass Transit.
- Amending city code pertaining to possession of cannabis and controlled substances to allow the city to seize money related to illegal drug sales under $200.