Rantoul Village Liquor Committee met June 19.
Here is the minutes provided by the committee:
Ron Loy opened meeting at 5:04 pm.
Members Present: Ron Loy, Herman Fogal, and Loise Haines.
Others Present: Mayor Smith, Scott Eisenhauer, Tony Brown, and Stephen and Tracie Kaufman.
There was no Public Participation
After review Herman Fogal moved/Roy Loy seconded to approve the minutes of the September 5, 2018 meeting. Motion approved, all voting “aye”
Mayor Smith received a request from Stephen Kaufman, the owner of Bud’s Bar asking for a gaming parlor license. Mr. Kaufman does not want to move his Bar license to another location nor does he want to open a restaurant. Bud’s has been open since 1979 and the bar side of the business is not making any money. They are keeping open based on gaming revenue.
Mr. Kaufman would like to see the Village create at least two gaming parlor licenses similar to what the surrounding areas officer. To apply for a gaming license the establishment must be able to pour liquor for consumption on premises.
The Committee discussed what type of licenses other communities offered and the fees charged. Other concerns were:
Should the Class R, Restaurant license be changed to require a commercial kitchen vs. just a public health approved kitchen.
If a gaming parlor classification is created should those operating essentially as a gaming parlor be reclassified
If a gaming parlor classification is created how may licenses should be authorized
The Code requires that a lottery be held for newly created licenses or additional licenses authorized in a category
How many machines does the Village want to allow in an establishment – state currently allows five but passed legislation to allow six
Chairman Loy asked the Mayor’s office to look at the Liquor Code of Champaign and Urbana regarding their gaming parlor license and fee structure.
Loise Haines moved/Herman Fogal seconded to adjourn the meeting.
The next meeting is set for July 23 at 5:00 pm.