Jasper County Board Amends Liquor Ordinance


Published on June 15 2012 11:35 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Jasper county board members Thursday agreed to amend the county's liquor ordinance to allow gaming.

The motion was prompted by two business owners who want to offer video poker in their establishments. 

County Board Chairman Ed Mitchell discussed the history of the video gaming law in Illinois.  The vote to amend the liquor ordinance and allow gaming was 6-4 in favor with one member abstaining and one member absent.  Those in favor were both Webers, Kerner, Mitchell, Bierman and Pilman while those voting against were Miller, Haskett, Leffler and Kinder; Smithenry abstained from the vote and Swick was not at the meeting.

In other business, Jasper board members heard from Ann Marie Hopkins of Kemper CPA Group that no problems were found in the county audit for the past fiscal year; soil cement work on Apple Shed Road should start in two weeks; a bridge aid petition for $4,900 from Grove Township was approved; and board members heard that culvert replacement work is about to begin.

Jasper County Sheriff Ed Francis reported that authorities seized a 2005 Dodge Dakota was seized in a drug stop in the county; it was agreed to take bids on the sale of a 2000 Dodge Durango; a report was made on problems with the new phone system at the county jail; and the Board voted to declare Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and New Year's Eve and New Year's Day as county holidays.

Board members approved the annual Comprehensive Economic Development Study for South Central Illinois Regional Planning and Development Commission; agreed to intervene in the CIPS property tax protest; heard that the new ambulance unit will be retrofitted with different cabinetry since the first items don't fit; Kenneth Campton was approved as a trustee of the Dieterich Fire Protection District; and the passing of former County Board member Eugene Marshall was noted.  Marshall died this week at age 99.