By Margaret Downing


LOVES PARK – At the Feb. 23 Loves Park City Council meeting, aldermen, after some discussion denied approval of an ordinance, second reading, for a Class F (video gaming) license was denied.

Alderman Mark Peterson noted that there was too much signage and windows were dirty at the Windsor Mini Mart, plus the business location was too close to a school.

Alderman Clint Little noted that a fair chance should be given to the business owner to be approved for the license and that qualifications or specification met city ordinances.

Aldermen A. Marie Holmes, John Pruitt, and Clint Little voted against the motion to approve.

Alderman Clint Little gave the weekly police activity report for the week of Feb. 15-21. A total of 466 calls for service, 442 arrests, and 16 accidents were reported.

On the weekly fire department report dated Feb. 22 one fire call, one public service call, one mutual aid call, one carbon monoxide or gas leak call, and three assist police calls were reported.

Aldermen approved payment of $19,676.18 in water fund bills, and $96,368.45 in general fund and all other bills, as presented Feb. 16.

A resolution authorizing the Young At Heart Parade along N. Second St. for Saturday, May 23 was approved.

A resolution authorizing the purchase of a custom built external website with hosting fee and ongoing maintenance from Jumping Trout, Inc. of Loves Park at a cost of $5,130 annually was passed.

A resolution was approved okaying the purchase of lighting equipment for the street department’s new truck for $873 from a Connecticut company and $550 from a Rockford company.

A resolution giving the go ahead to seek negotiated bids for the purchase of traffic and street signage for public works was passed.

A resolution authorizing engineering services for the upgrade of the city’s SCADA supervisory and control system of wells was approved with a Crystal Lake company at a cost not to exceed $61,910.

A resolution authorizing a contract with William Charles Co. for Phase 1 of the N. Alpine Road reconstruction not to exceed $5,096,475 was passed.

Ordinances, second reading that were approved included:

–A Class E (packaged beer and wine) liquor licenses for Road Rangers in the 7900 block and the 8000 block of Forest Hills Road, and the 6000 block of E. Riverside Blvd. were approved.

–A Class B (packaged all liquor) license for Prodavnica Mjesovite Robe, Inc. property in the 5400 block of N. Second St. was passed.

The 2014 Young At Heart court – Kittra Love (Mini Princess), Madison Hawn (Petite Princess), Miranda Shoultz (Senior Princess), and Megan Clarida (Queen) led the council in the Pledge of Allegiance.

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