Robinson residents will have a new place to play games and pop a cold one following a vote by the Robinson City Council Tuesday.
Lacy's Place, a new Robinson gaming parlor expected to open in late May or June on East Main, was granted a class "A" liquor license by the council.
"The owners have passed their background tests and we're ready to move on," Mayor Roger Pethtel said.
A Class "A" license permits only the sale of beer and lager, which must be consumed on the premises. The beverages must containing no more than 6 percent of alcohol by weight for consumption. The annual license fee costs $3,000 for the first year and $300 for each year thereafter when the license is re-issued.
The parlor will be in the same strip mall as the new Davita dialysis center in front of Wal-Mart. The establishment will feature five games.
Also Tuesday, the council approved purchases for the community center.
Administrative assistant Deanna Watson told the board that some decisions were made during a previous community center committee meeting to purchase sealant from Rural King to seal the bricks on the outside of the building. Also, after at least 25 years, the community center offices are in need of a new carpet. Watson received permission from the council for permission to purchase the sealant as well as new carpet squares not to exceed $6,884.
Another decision by the committee to amend rental and fees for the community center was approved by the council.
"The community revitalization and beautification committee shall be exempt from rental fees for one weekend per calender year for a fund raising event," Watson said.
Watson explained the reasoning behind this is due to the committee's ability to pay for all their fund raisers, including meals, out of pocket. The money raised for these events is used for the beautification of the city, which led the community center committee to ask for the annual exemption.
The council also approved the removal of the WiFi fee, addition of fees for pickleball, the addition of a liquor license fee to correspond to alcohol being served inside the building and the addition of a decorations fee. The decorations fee states that all event decorations must be renewable products and not leave any residue.
Parks Superintendent Mike Shimer announced that the Fourth of July festivity dates are now scheduled. Events will run from Friday, June 30, to Tuesday, July 4, with the carnival scheduled to be at Robinson City Park beginning Friday.
Shimer expressed gratitude to Rosati's Pizza, Hershey's, First Robinson Savings Bank and Rural King for their donations for the upcoming city Easter egg hunt. He also recognized Lawrence-Crawford Association for Exceptional Citizens for stuffing the eggs.
The hunt is Saturday, April 15, at Washington Park. Hot dogs will be served beginning at 10 a.m. and there are expected to be about 12,000 eggs and prizes.
Shimer also informed the council about pool rentals for this summer.
"This morning I rented it again for the 79th time, so we may very well sell out before we open the pool," Shimer said. Shimer said most of the rentals are for children's parties and church gatherings, but he's hoping to have the birthday parties in the afternoon.
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"We'll probably put bracelets on those kids like at larger parks and have a hostess for them while they're there for the two hours for food under the fee that they pay," Shimer said.
Alderman Troy Pinkston received permission from the council to place a tourism advertisement in the Effingham Daily News. Every year this newspaper publishes a page of nearby attractions called "A Day Away" at the price of $320. Pinkston received permission to put Robinson's ad in two issues at the cost of $640.
The Robinson Police Department received permission to accept a donation from the Palestine Police Department.
"Due to the degradation of the health of our K9, Chief [Jeff] Besing has agreed to donate $500 to our department," Chief Chad Weaver said.
"Chief Besing is aware of all the aid he [K9 Officer Enzo] has done with their department for school searches and other emergencies, so the chief is helping our cause in replacing the K9," Weaver added.
During the last meeting, Weaver announced Enzo was diagnosed with cancer following an operation and will be retired because of his condition.
The council also gave Weaver permission to apply for a Mary Heath Grant of $20,000 to go toward the completion of purchase for the Spillman police software program.
In other business, the council:
Was informed the city now owns property at 1204 and 1206 N. Madison.
Approved the creation of an ordinance to approve payment of a membership fee to the Greater Wabash Planning Commission.
Was informed that the Eaton Street project is nearing completion, with final seeding taking place this week.
Was asked by Mayor Pethtel for project ideas for the United Way's Day of Caring from June 8-9.