Plans for the annual Fourth of July celebration moved forward after the Shelbyville City Council gave its support Monday evening.
Chamber of Commerce office manager Vonda McConnell asked the council for an annual contribution from the city to the fireworks fund. She also said the Clay County Amusements will provide carnival rides for Thursday, July 3, and Friday, July 4.
“We received $2,000 last year from the carnival,” McConnell said. “The carnival owner take the first $5,000 and give the rest to the city.”
Commissioner Bill Shoaff moved to donate $3,500 to the fireworks program.
Commissioner Brent Fogleman voiced concern about donating and the carnival.
“When do we quit spending more money than we take in?” he asked. “We’re in the black now, but we need to pay the operating engineers.”
He also said he believed the carnival “brings in more trouble.” City Police Chief David Tallman said there was no reported problems while the carnival was in town last year.
“This carnival has been used by Cowden Pioneer Days for the past 10 years without any problems,” McConnell said.
The vote for donation was 4 to 1 with Fogleman voting against.
The council heard a request for a liquor license from Katherine Zidler and Mike Taylor for a proposed lounge business in Shelbyville.
“We want to offer something other than the bar scene, someplace where people can sit back and enjoy a glass of wine or some beer,” Zidler said.
When asked for business details by members of the council, Zidler and Taylor said they did not have all the details worked out. The council asked them to present a business plan at a future meeting before a liquor license would be approved.
In other action, the council approved the prevailing wage as mandated by the State.
The council approved three ordinance amendments:
- Allowing those with Class H and I liquor licenses to begin sales at 11 a.m. on Sundays, two hours earlier. This amendment affects County Market, CVS, WalMart, and the gas stations.
- Clarifying the definition of “family” and adding definitions for intermediate care facility and residential care home for the Zoning Code.
- Minor changes to wording in the nuisance section of the City Code.
Following an executive session to discuss collective bargaining matters and litigation, the council reported that the unfair labor practices suits has been dismissed by the Illinois Labor Relations Board. However, no movement was made on the negotiations with the operating engineers union.