Bement is seeking the opinions of its community with regard to the possible sale of marijuana within its village limits come of the Jan. 1 legalization date in Illinois.
“I just wanted to bring the subject to the board,” board member Woodie Dean said at the regular monthly meeting August 13. “We ought to be thinking about this like every village around here, including Decatur and Champaign.
“We’re going to have to see how the community feels.”
Board members discussed options for how to best get a feel for the community’s opinion on the subject.
“You can do it a couple of ways,” village attorney Susan Nicholas said. “You can kind of see what happens at public comment or you can schedule a special town hall-type meeting specifically for this subject, which could end up being a very, very long meeting or a very, very short meeting depending on interest in the community.
“It’s really up to you how you want to set it up.”
Board members balked at simply adding an item to the September agenda, not wanting to limit discussion time around other business.
“I would say depending on what else is on (next month’s) agenda,” board member Heidi Ahlden said. “I can see that meeting running very, very long and if we have a bunch of things to take care of, I don’t think we should try to just squeeze it in.”
No final decision was made at the time of the meeting.
Tara Garrett of Mama T’s Pizza, Pasta, Subs & More was present at the meeting a spoke to the board about her interest in selling alcohol to customers who dine in.
“I’m trying to push more dine-in business,” she said.
Garrett explained she hopes to have a handful of options for bottled beer and the same for a wine selection that will be served in the dine-in area of the restaurant.
She had applied for the open Class B liquor license and the board unanimously approved it for her business.
In other business, the board:
–the board hired Tonia Stull to be the pool manager for the 2020 season.
“We would like to get her started so she can learn how to close,” village president Pat Tieman said. “It’s kind of nice to have new people come to town and be involved.”
–the board accepted a bid from Kauffman’s Mobile Pressure Washing of Arthur for a total of $2,650 to power wash the water tower.