• Megann Horstead

Shorewood officials to allow video gaming at various locations


Shorewood is to allow video gaming at various locations.

In a 4-2 decision, a motion was passed at a Feb. 13 regular meeting of the Shorewood Village Board of Trustees to waive the second read and amend municipal codes for video gaming. Trustees Anthony Luciano and Steve Brockman were the dissenting votes.

The measure, as approved, is meant to help offset the effect of Village rules that require Shorewood’s bars and taverns to close at 2 a.m. instead of 3 a.m.

The Village has been examining its code of ordinances over the last nine to 10 months. A group of local establishment owners had approached the Village regarding the initiative, with the goal of offsetting the effect of the Village’s new closing times for bars and taverns.

Bedrocks owner Ken Groh said 2017 was a difficult year for his establishment and others impacted by the Village’s decision, requiring them to close one hour earlier.

“The ordinance change affected all of our businesses and some more greatly,” he said. “Some of us were down 30 percent or more last year after that ordinance change with the hour change. Video gaming is a way for our small businesses to try to regain some of that lost revenue.”

The community’s response to the new code has been received primarily well, Trustee Anthony Luciano said. Some concerns were raised at the Citizens Advisory level called into question what places will be allowed to have the video gaming licenses and the closing times.

With Village Board action, establishments are required to utilize a barrier to help restrict video gaming access to anyone who is underage. The code also stipulates that the transfer of licenses is prohibited, sets forth the conditions for suspension and revocation, prohibits flashing/fluorescent signage used for promotional purposes, and disqualifies truck stops and fuel centers from having video gaming.

Video gaming licenses will be available not only to Shorewood’s bars and taverns, but also its restaurants with existing liquor licenses.

The Village has not determined how many video gaming licenses are to be available thereby outlining a cap limit.

“The thought was in talking with [Community Development Director] Karen [James] and [Village Administrator] Roger [Barrowman], we’d just limit it to alcohol licenses at this time,” Village Attorney Dave Silverman said. “You could change that in the future, if you wanted to. It’s kind of hard to say, you know, it’d one license, eight licenses, or five licenses until we know what the interest in the community in these businesses will be.”

Round up

A brief recap of action and discussion Feb. 13 at a regular meeting of the Shorewood Village Board of Trustees:

  • Officials accepted public improvements completed for the Crossroads Business Park and went on to approve the release of an improvement bond in the amount of $13,927.

  • A motion was passed to approve a payment of $10,266.66 to Cargill for Deicer Salt. The amounted owed is due Feb. 22.

  • A motion was passed to approve a payment of $12,742.23 to Cargill for Deicer Salt. The amount owed is due Mar. 8.

  • Officials approved a payment of $26,367.95 to Christopher B. Burke Engineering for Black Road improvements. The amount owed is meant to cover the invoice period that ended Sept. 30, 2017.

  • The board approved a payment of $21,109.02 to Christopher B. Burke Engineering for Black Road improvements. The amount owed is meant to cover the invoice period that ended Aug. 26, 2017.

  • The next meeting of Shorewood’s Planning & Zoning Commission is 7 p.m. Mar. 7 at Village Hall.

  • The board approved a site plan for Minooka Elementary School District 201’s plans to construct a new building on its Seil Road property.

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