By ROGER W. BONHAM
Arthur Village Board on Monday, April 15, granted the Moultrie-Douglas County Fair and Agricultural Association a temporary liquor license.
The action allows the fair association to operate a beer tent at this year’s fair which will be held July 7-13 at the fairgrounds (Jurgens Park).
Stephanie Alexander is the fair association director who is in charge of the beer tent. Beer will be served on the same days and times as in the past.
Hours for the beer tent are 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. It will be located at the east end of tractor pull track.
The fair association’s request for the temporary liquor license was approved on a 4-0 vote. Trustees voting in favor were Dave Tiffan, Jenni Marner, Matt Bernius, and Mike Hilgenberg. Trustees Paul Pearce and Justin Ray were not at the meeting.
Fair board president Jim Fleming also requested permission to use the city’s lagoon area for equipment storage and staging area for the tractor pull and rodeo during fair week.
Trustees approved the request, again on a 4-0 vote.
Fleming also requested the city close Jurgens Parkway, the street running east and west through the fairgrounds, to be closed July 7-13. The board approved the request.
The board approved one Economic Development Assistance request and tabled another. Trustees granted $30,000 to Simply Arthur, formerly Arthur Area Tourism and Arthur Economic Development Corporation.
The money will be used to promote tourism and to assist local businesses and will be paid quarterly.
A request for Economic Development Assistance from Arthur Area Association of Commerce was tabled until the first meeting in May. The request included funding for repairing the AAAOC sign at the intersection of the Arthur-Atwood Road and U.S. 36. Trustees want to know more about the cost of repairing or replacing the sign.
The board approved the following grants funded by the Hotel/Motel Tax: Simply Arthur and Arthur Area Association of Commerce, $3,900 each, and Arthur Rotary Club, $1,000.
The board hired Craig Moffett and Jesse Daily for seasonal summer help positions as recommended by public works director Grant Corum. Both have worked for the city in previous years.
The board approved four applications for use of temporary signs.
The following businesses were granted permission to display temporary signs: Arthur Flower Shop, Third Saturday Market (Dawn Verci), Association of Commerce (Strawberry Jam Festival and Cheese Festival).
The permits for the Arthur Flower Shop and Third Saturday Market are valid through March or specific dates listed on the application. The permit for the Association of Commerce renews annually.
Mayor Rod Randall presented trustee Dave Tiffan a plaque honoring his years of service as a board member. Tiffan did not seek re-election.
Painting at the water plant was scheduled to begin on Tuesday, April 16, according to Public Works Director Corum. He said the employees have started mowing and installed a couple of new water and sewer services during the past month.
Police Chief Mike Goodman said the new hires in his department are finishing up classes and beginning to get some solo hours in the patrol car.
Next regular meeting of the Arthur Village Board will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, May 6. The board meets in the Board Room at Arthur Municipal Building, 120 East Progress Street. Meetings are open to the public.