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April 22, 2018

4/2/2018 2:28:00 PM
Liquor license OK'd for business
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Spotlight Video has been granted Robinson's newest liquor license.

The creation of the license and more preparations for Pepsi Mid-America were part of the business at Tuesday's Robinson City Council meeting.

The council was approached by Spotlight owner Kevin Emberton, who said his store is seeking a liquor license so he could house a video gaming parlor. He explained changing technology has altered the economy and the way the store, which has done business in Robinson for 25 years, sells videos.

"We're going to be a total kiosk operation, where basically all the videos will be in a kiosk and people will rent them from the kiosks," Emberton said.

The amount of space left over with the addition of the kiosks will leave room for the gaming parlor, which is expected to be moved in behind TGI Vapor.

The parlor will consist of tables and seats, along with the manager and bartender. It will be partitioned off with a steel gate and door, with the door closed and locked and the gate down when the parlor is not in operation.

Emberton called the liquor license "a means to an end," adding the store is not pushing the liquor more than the gaming. The liquor license is a prerequisite for a gaming license.

"Basically this operation will be where couples can come in and enjoy the gaming part of it," Emberton said.

The parlor will be a contained operation, with the money coming directly from machines and not by hand. A snack bar with popcorn and other items will also be housed in the parlor. Later, Spotlight hopes to add a grill on the north side of the building as part of phase 2.

Aldermen split 4-4. Forced to break the tie, Mayor Roger Pethtel approved the license.

In other business, the council approved an intergovernmental agreement with Metro Communications, Sullivan. Metro has agreed to be the supplier of fiber optics for Pepsi Mid-America, who is expected to break ground at Ridgway Industrial Park sometime in the next 30 to 45 days.

Alderman Jim McKinney told the council the agreement, which was drawn up by City Attorney Frank Weber, also includes a land survey paid for by the company. Metro has also approached city engineer Jeff Hillard about acquiring a small piece of land on the southeast side of Robinson Community Center.

"They approached Jeff about getting the land for the deal," McKinney said. "As part of the agreement we will give them a 30x40 foot space in that area for the placement of the fiber optics which they'll work with Pepsi on installing."

The council approved the intergovernmental agreement.

Hillard's request to accept a bid from R&L Ready Mix Concrete for $49,250 was approved for the purchase of Class SI ready-mixed concrete.

A request from the street department for part-time help was also approved. Applications are due by noon Thursday, April 5.

The council also approved some changes in language in the Fraternal Order of Police contract, namely in language of shifts, compensatory time, wage rates, increase in insurance and floating holidays.

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