By RICK HAYES
---- — MT. VERNON — Jefferson County Board took no formal action on a request from Doug Webb of the Woodlawn Bar to open his establishment on Sundays.
Webb told the Board during Monday’s regular monthly meeting that he is missing a lot of revenue by not being open on Sunday. The bar is open Monday through Saturday.
“Sunday would be as good for revenue as any other day of the week,” Webb told the Board. “You would not believe the amount of traffic that comes through Woodlawn to Ashley on Sunday.”
Webb said he has been at the location the past five years and has had a good track record, and the clientele is well-behaved. He also mentioned that with gambling machines now going into several Jefferson County establishments, it could mean at least 5 percent in revenues for the county.
Chairman Robert White told Webb there needs to be a 30-day comment period before the board takes action on the request. Currently, the Woodlawn Shell is the only establishment in Jefferson County allowed to sell alcoholic beverages on Sunday.
Jay Manion, representing the Rend Lake Model Airplane Club, told the Board the club is concerned about the county’s position on banning drones. Manion said Congress by law approved the flying of model airplanes as long as local associations belonged to a national association. The Rend Lake club belongs to the Academy of Model Aeronautics.
“We’re concerned about the same things you are,” Manion told the board, in reference to an earlier comment from White about the county’s interest in keeping drones out of the hands of criminals or young children who may become overzealous and go beyond the passion for flying small aircraft.
Sandy Vaughan of the American Red Cross updated the Board on recent activities in the county, including the Clara Barton Preparedness Day that was held in February. Vaughan said nearly 2,000 students were reached through the organization for that event, and the Red Cross provided disaster supply kits to participating schools. She added the organization has helped 38 individuals with single family dwellings as a result of fires and provided nearly $8,000 in donations for those burned out families, either monetarily or by providing temporary housing.
Howard Crisp and Fred Diel also made a presentation on the one-room school project, sponsored by the Jefferson County Historical Society. The men said the organization is accepting donations for signs that will be placed at the site of more than 140 former one-room school locations in Jefferson County. Bound books are also being prepared for each township and donors’ names will be included in the books. The second annual One Room School Reunion has been scheduled for 1 p.m. May 4 at the Village, it was announced.
A tribute was given to Major Marty Schwartz of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, who died earlier in the day after losing a battle with cancer. Former JCSO employee and Board member Steve Draege said Schwartz was “a great employee, great family man and great soldier for this country.” Sheriff Roger Mulch added, “He rose very quickly up the ranks because we knew where he came from,” referring to his 21-year military career. “The county lost a great employee, friend and soldier,” Mulch said.