Mt. Vernon Register-News


March 18, 2013

Liquor license revision to be discussed

The revision will allow alcoholic liquor to be sold under the winery license

MT. VERNON — — The city council will discuss a revision to the liquor ordinance to allow alcoholic liquor to be sold under the winery license.

The change allow licensees of the wine makers retail license to make the alcoholic liquor4 and package sale of wine only at the premises. Under terms of the amended ordinance, those with the wine makers license would use as much as 100 percent imported products during the first 36 months of operation after being issued a license, and during the next 24 months, as much as 80 percent imported products.

"Thereafter, licensee may use as much as 60 percent imported products; provided however that the maximum allowances on use of imported products may be temporarily increased in any year in which there is a crop shortage or severe drought in such percentages as determined by the director of the Department of Agriculture as provided by the Illinois Liquor Control Act."

At this time, there is one wine makers retail license issued; seven tavern licenses; nine club licenses; 10 restaurant and lounge licenses; one motel-hotel licenses; three motel-hotel ticket licenses; one grand-fathered restaurant with package sales license; two banquet room licenses; and an unlimited number of temporary licenses.

In other business, the council will:

  • Hold a first reading on an ordinance authorizing the transfer of surplus property;
  • Hold a first reading on an ordinance for conditional use for a kennel facility at 421 S. 23rd St., by Richard Hefner;
  • Discuss a resolution to approve an agreement with PGAV relating to an amendment to the IPC TIF Redevelopment Plan to allow for limited residential use in the area;
  • Discuss a resolution reclassifying certain public utilities and sanitation accounts for accounting purposes; and
  • Discuss a resolution requesting IDOT approval for the temporary closure of Illinois Route 15 westbound from Marlow Road to the junction of Illinois Route 15 and Old Fairfield Road on July 4 for the Salute to Freedom fireworks display.

The council will meet tonight at 7 p.m. in the Rolland W. Lewis Community Building at Veterans Park.

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