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Sandwich bowling alley owners seek video gaming license

The owners of Sandwich Bowl on East Railroad Street approached the Sandwich City Council recently about granting them a K (video gaming) liquor license that would allow them to open a video gaming establishment that would be high-end, more like a coffee shop.

Greg O’Leary and Brandon Partridge said they’ve leased 90 N. Main St. so they can apply for a liquor license. They want the business to have a country theme that features a quieter, warmer atmosphere.

Under state law, businesses licensed to sell alcoholic beverages at tableside can apply to their local municipalities for video gaming licenses. The law permits the licensed businesses to have up to five video gaming machines in their establishments.

Alderman Les Redden said that Sandwich already has too many places that sell and serve alcohol, saying “There’s a bar on every corner.”

Council members indicated they’ve recently granted K (video gaming) liquor licenses to two other video gaming businesses. The only one that’s opened is Lily’s at Indian Springs Shopping Center. The council indicated it wants to wait awhile, to find out if the city can handle another such establishment, before creating another license.

O’Leary and Partridge thanked Alderman Pete Dell when he complimented the men, by saying he’s “excited about the bowling alley” and it’s changes.  

Restrict commercial, RV parking?

In other business, the council discussed an ordinance that if eventually approved would restrict the parking of commercial or recreational vehicles, trailers or truck tractors on city streets. An ordinance has been in effect for many years restricting semitrailers from being parked on city streets.

The council reviewed descriptions of the vehicles parked on the public right of way that would be in violation if they were parked more than 48 hours. They include detached trailers with no power, recreational vehicles, and truck tractors.

Action is expected to be taken at the next regular council meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, in the city hall annex.

Lisbon Street project
change order OK’d

The council also approved a change order to undercut unsuitable soil, replacing it with aggregate, on the south side of Lisbon Street near North Main Street at a cost of $7,200.

The council also passed a construction material testing agreement with Testing Service Corp., DeKalb, of bituminous and sub-grade materials, with a proposed not-to-exceed limit of $4,500, and an easement and on-street parking agreement with Willow Crest Building LLC. 

The Lisbon Street project includes a design for 14 angled parking spaces on the south side of Lisbon Street, just north of Willow Crest Nursing Pavilion.

Director of Public Works Engineer Tom Horak indicated that the number of spaces could be reduced if a Frontier telephone pole is not moved from the east end.

Fines, fee ordinance approved

The council also passed an ordinance that pertains to the collection of fines and fees for the adjudication program.

The resolution authorized a collection services agreement with Municipal Collections of America. It “allows the mayor to hire a collection agency to collect municipal fines and penalties in certain situations.”

The ordinance changes the city code to allow the city to recover costs associated with collection activity from violators, officially “Amending Chapter One, Section 1-5 of the Municipal Code of Sandwich, Illinois to Add Subsection (d) Regarding Collection Fees and Costs.”

City officials explained that the collection agency will charge up to 35 percent, in addition to the amount of the fine, for its services. The ordinance makes the violator pay the fine as well as the collection charges while the city will collect 100 percent of its fine.

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