LIQUOR ORDINANCE PASSED BY GREENVILLE CITY COUNCIL
Last November, an overwhelming majority of voters in Greenville cast ballots to repeal the ban on the sale of alcohol within the city limits. At the Greenville City Council meeting Tuesday night, the ordinance regulating the sale of alcohol was passed unanimously by the council. The ordinance has gone through many drafts to better fit the promises made by the council prior to the election. The main promise was not to allow a license for taverns or permanent public businesses that only sell alcohol by the drink, and the council kept that promise with the passing of the liquor ordinance.
Eight different types of licenses will be available for application. They include package liquor sales, service station or convenience stores, grocery and retail, restaurant, banquet facility, bowling alley, special event retailer, and club. To qualify for a restaurant liquor license, the restaurant must do 51% or more of its gross revenue from food or non-alcoholic beverages, and food must be available for purchase whenever alcohol is available. The liquor licenses will allow alcohol sales from 8:00 AM - midnight, Monday through Thursday, from 8:00 AM to 1:00 AM on Friday and Saturday, and noon to midnight on Sunday. Fees for licenses vary depending on the type of license. To receive a license, an applicant must contact the city. When the application is considered by the council, a majority vote is needed for approval of any license.
Mayor Alan Gaffner and all of the council thanked the city staff and Manager Dave Wiley for their work in writing and re-writing the ordinance to fit requests from the council and community. The ordinance allows for individuals, businesses and organizations to begin the application process starting Wednesday.
KORTE COMPANY PLEASED WITH CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS
The Bond County Health Department Board held a lengthy meeting recently. It was their first meeting of the New Year and a lot was discussed.
Korte Construction was on hand to deliver an update on the progress of the new Health Department building. Korte is pleased with the construction company Ellinger-Winfield and despite a few bad weather days, the company is on track. The Health Board has already paid nearly $200,000 to Korte and will make another payment on January 15, to both Korte and Ellinger. The Health Board will be able to pay from available funds until the $1.5 million mark is reached and then will start using loans. Korte and the board members will meet on January 19, at 10:00 AM, to discuss more building design decisions.
CAR WASH BREAK-INS SPREAD TO SURROUNDING AREAS
The car wash on Harris Avenue was broken into sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning. The Greenville location is not the only car wash that has been hit. Within the last few weeks, there's been a car wash broken into in the cities of Vandalia, St. Elmo, St. Jacob, Troy and Highland. It is not known if these break-ins are connected. According to Greenville Police there has been more damage done to the buildings then money stolen. Greenville Police are investigating.