The Taylorville City Council met on Monday evening for their bimonthly meeting to discuss business, approve, deny, and table motions along with reviewing bills. One of the first motions talked about for the lake/airport committee was a recommendation to purchase playground equipment at a cost not to exceed $40,000 with money coming from the Fifth Ward. If the money from the Fifth Ward couldn’t be used then it would be taken out of the Lake Restoration Fund with a payment schedule being drawn up for $10,000 per year. Outgoing Treasurer Jacque Nation said that there wasn’t enough money in the Hotel/Motel tax to pay for it.
The motion passed 5-2 with Aldermen Lee Lanzotti, and Jim Olive voting no with Aldermen Shawn Burtle abstaining. Aldermen Ernie Dorchinecz says that there is money coming in.
Another big discussion was motions for new liquor licenses in town for both Debbie’s Video Gaming Cafe and Annie’s Taylorville. Aldermen Shawn Burtle said, he didn’t have any ill will towards the people trying to run a business, but Taylorville he felt had enough video gaming machines.
Both motions passed 5-4 with Aldermen Chris Skultetty, Burtle, Kathy Driskell, and Lee Lanzotti voting No. Mayor Bruce Barry was the deciding vote voting yes in the tie.
Mayor Barry thanked those who voted for him in the Mayoral Election, thanking the outgoing Aldermen and promising to continue his work of cleaning up the city.
The next city council meeting in Taylorville is set for May 3rd. New Aldermen will be sworn in at the May 3rd meeting.
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