By Steve Robinson | March 18, 2019 - 10:39 pm
Posted in Category: The Normalite

NORMAL – Normal Town Council members, serving in their capacity as members of Normal Local Liquor Commission reported they had received complaints concerning an establishment which was not abiding by Town regulations concerning food service, at a regularly-scheduled session which preceded Monday’s Town Council meeting in Council Chambers on the fourth floor of Uptown Station.

Two gaming parlors owned by 35 Years, LLC Landmark, doing business as Marie’s Place, were found not to be serving food to patrons, which was discovered by an audit conducted by the Town in February. Jason Querliagrosca, assistant corporation counsel for the Town, told Council members locations of the business at 1520 E. College Ave. and 115 Susan Dr., Suite H, were not abiding by the regulations of their Limited Hours liquor license regarding serving food.

A third location owned by University Park, doing business as Marie’s Place, located at 1702 W. College Ave., had a liquor license granted by the Town in 2015 but has never opened, Querliagrosca told Commissioners. Commissioner Chris Koos told the meeting renewal of the licenses will be put on hold until the owner or owners of the establishments seeks a hearing before the Liquor Commission.

Commissioners also heard a $500 fine has been paid for a second offense by Bzil1, LLC, doing business as Blaze Pizza, 1601 E. College Ave., for selling alcohol to a minor. In both cases, the fines have been paid. This establishment also paid an additional $1,000 for a third consecutive offense which took place in November.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., doing business as Chipotle Mexican Grill #2731, 1601 E. College Ave., paid a $250 fine for a first offense of selling alcohol to a minor in November. Owners of the store have paid the fine.

Four other establishments settled with the Town, paying $250 fines for first-time offenses of selling alcohol to minors. Those establishments are: Portillo’s Hot Dogs, LLC, doing business as Portillo’s Hot Dogs, 202 Landmark Dr.; Budget Liquors, Inc., doing business as Budget Liquors, 200 S. Linden St.; and Meijer Great Lakes Limited Partnership, doing business as Meijer Store #207, 1900 E. College Ave. Red Robin International, Inc., doing business as Red Robin Gourmet Burgers And Brew, 107 S. Veterans Parkway, paid a $500 fine for a second consecutive offense.

CornBelters’ New Owners Granted License: Commissioners also approved a liquor license applied for by Normal CornBelters Baseball, LLC, doing business as Normal CornBelters, 1000 W. Raab Rd. The license was necessary because of a change of ownership for the team.

Renewals Granted: Commissioners also approved recommending liquor licenses for 76 various businesses ranging from convenience stores to restaurants, bars, hotels, groceries, and drug stores, Catering licenses, Outdoor garden & sidewalk café licenses, Annual tasting licenses, a Paramutuel betting parlor license, Entertainment licenses, video gaming licenses, a stadium, and a taproom.

Agreement With Lawn Service Passes: During the regular Town Council session, at the request of Council Member Kevin McCarthy, Council members discussed a resolution approving an agreement with Carlock-based Boitnott Lawn And Landscaping for mowing and abatement services effective April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2022. The resolution was part of the meeting’s omnibus agenda. Under the terms of the agreement, the cost of the contract “could result in a minimal increase in the Town’s budget,” explained Greg Tremel, director of inspections for the Town, in a memo to City Manager Pam Reece.

Specifically, Reece said in answering a question from McCarthy, the company would be called in to mow properties where complaints are filed with the Town. Over the last six years, Reece pointed out, the Town has spent a total of $10,851 on such service from Boitnott over the past six years. Offenders have reimbursed the Town so far to the tune of $4,052 during that same period.

McCarthy asked if the Town’s Parks and Recreation Department, under whose umbrella the mowing service comes under, couldn’t absorb some of the cost of doing the mowing, thus saving money for paying a contractor. Reece said no, because of the type of equipment used for mowing by the Town. The equipment is larger than a typical mower, she explained.

Numerous Appointments, Reappointments To Boards And Commissions Announced: Town Boards and Commissions will see new appointees and reappointments as a result of unanimous approval from the Council. Nick Moran was reappointed to the Bloomington-Normal Airport Authority with his term running through April 30, 2020.

Marty Behrens, Rick Boser, Guy DiCiaula, Fred Hahn, and Brian Redd have all been reappointed to the Town’s Building Board of Appeals. Each of their terms expires March 30, 2022.

Todd Bugg, Kathy Burgess, and Anne Matter have all been reappointed to the Town’s Historic Preservation Commission, each for terms expiring March 31, 2022.

William Brown and Janae Henson have been reappointed to the Town’s Human Relations Commission. Each of their terms expires March 31, 2023.

Dave Shields and A. J. Zimmerman have been reappointed to the Normal Planning Commission for terms that will expire March 31, 2023. Barbara Fuller has been reappointed to the Uptown Design Review Commission for a three-year term expiring March 31, 2023, and Randy Schaab has been reappointed for a three-year term expiring March 31, 2023 on the Normal Zoning Board of Appeals.

Newly appointed to the Town’s Building Board of Appeals was Jason Coffman, filling a vacancy on that board. A licensed mechanical engineer for 17 years, Coffman’s term on the Board will run through March 31, 2022.

Zachary Boerger was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Town’s Historic Preservation Commission. Boerger is a realtor with Coldwell Banker in Bloomington. His term with the Commission expires March 31, 2023.

Elise Albers was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Children’s Discovery Museum Foundation Board. Albers is manager of population health for OSF HealthCare/Children’s Hospital of Illinois. Her term runs through June 30, 2020.

Town’s First “Officer Of The Year” Introduced: Between the Liquor Commission session and the Council meeting, Normal Police Chief Rick Bleichner introduced those attending the meeting to the department’s first “Officer Of The Year,” Officer Evan Easter. In remarks introducing Easter, Bleichner explained the officer was named for the honor by both his supervisor and his peers “because of his strong work ethic, tireless dedication to removing illegal guns and drugs from the street, and his commitment to community service, volunteerism, and willingness to mentor other officers.”

Bleichner said that mentoring is the result of “working in a variety of assignments, including working on vice crimes.” Easter is a 15-year veteran of the police force.

Omnibus Agenda Items Approved: Omnibus agenda items approved by the Council included:

• Approval of minutes of the public hearing held on March 4, 2019.

• Approval of the minutes of the regular meeting held on March 4, 2019.

• Approval of Town of Normal expenditures for payment as of March 13, 2019.

• A resolution authorizing the execution of an intergovernmental agreement with McLean County for animal shelter services.

• A resolution authorizing the execution of an intergovernmental agreement with McLean County for animal warden services.

• A resolution to award the bid for water main and service line materials to Bloomington-based Water Products Co.

• A resolution to accept bids and award a contract to Bloomington-based Rowe Construction Co., a division of United Contractors Midwest, Inc., in the amount of $2,455,519.77 for the Motor Fuels Tax Resurfacing Project.

• A resolution authorizing a change to the Robert G. Bone Historic Preservation Grant Program.

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