The Palestine Village Board approved a request from a local liquor retailer to open his establishment during Sunday hours.
Brett Callaway, the owner of the Saratoga on Main Street in Palestine, asked the board to allow him to have his establishment open on Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. in order to compete more fairly with other establishments in town. Palestine allows other restaurants and clubs to sell alcohol on Sunday and Callaway told the board that not being open on Sunday was making it hard for him to stay in business while noting it was not something he really wanted to do.
"I'm the only one who doesn't want Sunday sales," Callaway told the board. "But my business is hurting so bad I feel like I have to do it."
The trustees also noted their reluctance to approve more Sunday alcohol sales in the village but said that since they had approved it for other businesses, it would not be fair to reject Callaway's request. "Right now, we do not have a level playing field town and I would like to create a more level playing field," trustee Larry Miller said.
Some trustees said they could not vote in favor of the request since they had not voted in favor of the other Sunday alcohol sales requests that had been made.
"I know you're against this," Callaway said. "But I'm asking this to try to stay in business."
Callaway's request was narrowly approved by a vote of 3 to 2.
In other business, the trustees voted to extend the neighborhood vehicles for another year. Several of the trustees noted they had not experienced any problems with people operating the vehicles during the last year and Palestine Chief of Police Jim Clark said there had not been a single complaint he was aware of against them. The trustees voted to extend the ordinance for one more year and will review it again next December.
The board also voted to extend the contract of Tom Hose as wastewater operator for another six months.
Employment Relations Committee Chair Greta Dennison reported that the latest candidate for the new chief of police in Palestine had taken himself out of consideration for the position. Dennison said the village will now advertise the position in some local newspapers in an effort to find some new candidates.
Palestine Mayor Pat Schofield said 42 residents attended the People's Party Caucus which was held Dec. 3. The caucus selected Pat Schofield to run for re-election as mayor and Gene Purcell, J.R. Dunlap and Rick Stork to run for trustees in the election next spring.
Schofield also told the board the village was working to collect all the requested documents for a court appearance concerning the Matteson property at 205 N. Rush Street. The board has been working for a number of years come up with a resolution to a number of issues with the property owner.