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January 18, 2019

12/28/2018 10:47:00 AM
Restaurant's request for liquor license approved
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The transfer of a liquor license to allow a bar to be installed at a Robinson restaurant was approved by the city council Tuesday night.

Mayor Roger Pethtel began the new business portion of the meeting by announcing that the owner of BackPorch Smokehouse would like to upgrade to an E-2 license from their current E-1.

The city's current price for an E-1 license is $2,000 for initial payment, and $500 annually after that. An E-2 license costs $6,000 and $850 annually.

Pethtel made a proposal, which was later approved by the council.

"My proposal would be just to charge him initially $4,000 between the E-1 and E-2 license effective until May 1," Pethtel said. "Then he would start paying the $850 a year after that."

In other business the council approved several items for the Robinson Police Department including a donation from Marathon Petroleum.

About a year ago Marathon donated money to the department for the purchase of a sUAS drone, which has been put into use by officers this year. Chief Chad Weaver told the council that Marathon had reached out to them once again to offer a $2,000 donation for a camera upgrade. The council approved the motion, as well as the motion to purchase the camera from DSLRPros for $2,499.

A service contract for Best One Tire Service for oil changes for the department's vehicles was also approved. The price is $16.95 per quart.

Weaver's other request to hire a part-time police officer was also approved.

Superintendent of Public Works Lawrence Quick made a recommendation for the city's fuel for 2019. Quick said two bids were received from Bolin Transport and Fuller Petroleum. He said at first it appeared that the Bolin price was lower, but found that it was the price for gasohol not gasoline. He recommended the council purchase the fuel from Fuller, who has provided services for the city quite often.

"They have been maintaining our system for quite some time," Quick said. "Always very prompt on filling us up, coming in after hours and on weekends when needed."

The council also approved the hiring of a new street department employee pending a drug/alcohol test and a physical. Quick said the next employee could start as soon as two weeks if available.

Dates for next year's city council meetings were approved. With Christmas Eve falling on a Tuesday next year, that week's council meeting will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23 instead.

A new laborer's contract was approved by the council with Alderman John Birkofer pointing out some amendments.

"During such times that the working foreman of the streets or the wastewater treatment facility shall be absent from their job, the superintendent may designate an acting foreman to be in charge during the absence and shall receive in addition to their pay a salary of $3 per hour," Birkofer said.

Birkofer added that this could help encourage younger guys to "step up to the plate" and take on more responsibility if desired. The payments will be made at the beginning of the fiscal year upon approval of the city treasurer.

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