DANVILLE – A casino proposals update, announcement of the city’s new city engineer and continued talk about licensing related to video gaming will be coming up at Tuesday's Danville City Council meeting.
Also Tuesday, the city’s Board of Fire and Police Commissioners is expected to present fire promotion and fire probationary eligibility lists, discuss an amendment to the board rules regarding promotions, act on Mayor Rickey Williams Jr.’s letter requesting the board appoint a probationary firefighter, conduct police sergeant oral interviews and approve the police sergeant’s eligibility list.
In other city personnel news, aldermen last month also heard the city had received several applications for corporation counsel and more than 60 applications for an open code enforcement inspector position, according to Williams.
Williams said an offer was made to a city engineer candidate and that hiring announcement would come Tuesday night.
City council members also will consider Tuesday:
• A resolution from Ward 7 Alderman Steve Foster for revising the casino development selection process and casino steering committee duties. Also a resolution recommended by Foster to extend the casino Solicitation of Interest deadline for accepting proposals.
• Amending city code pertaining to licensing related to video gaming machine revenue for licensed businesses and organizations. The council had tabled the ordinance amending Chapter 96 of city code pertaining to liquor licensing due to bar owners’ concerns about the wording change potentially causing bars that earn more money from video gaming machines than food and beer to close down.
Williams has said that’s not the city’s intention. The intention is to not permit video gaming cafes.
The added language was to state “the revenue the license holder may generate from video gaming shall not exceed 49 percent of the license holder’s total gross revenue.”
City officials were gathering revenue information on how many businesses and organizations would be affected, and if current licensed premises could be grandfathered in and have non-gaming revenue requirements for new license holders.
The city council also will consider changing city code to go along with the now state-allowed six video gaming machines at each licensed location.
• Approving uniform rental and ancillary services with CLEAN Uniform Co. for five years for Danville Mass Transit.
• Amending city code pertaining to the public safety pension fee, solid waste collection and storm and sanitary sewers for the fees not to be charged for vacant lots the Vermilion County Trustee acquires for the delinquent tax auctions.
• Amending city code pertaining to ambulances. Williams said the change gets rid of the city-required itinerant license and background checks.
“By state law they are required to do background checks,” Williams said.
It takes city staff time to do what the state already does, he added.
• Amending city code pertaining to the enterprise zone covering Danville, Tilton, Henning and the county. City code wasn’t updated for the new enterprise zone to be effective Jan. 1, 2016 after the previous one expired.
• Authorizing execution and amendment of downstate operating assistance grant agreement.
• Approving the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report for program year 2018.
• Repealing an ordinance related to part-time mayor salary.
• Authorizing application and acceptance of Illinois Department of Transportation Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program grant and amending the police budget.
• Approving a collective bargaining agreement with Local 703 clerical employees.
The Danville Board of Fire and Police Commissioners will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Robert E. Jones Municipal Building, 17 W. Main St. The Danville City Council will meet at 6 p.m. also Tuesday at the municipal building.