Homer Glen trustees this week tabled a vote on a liquor license request from a restaurant that's drawing heat from some residents opposed to its offering video gambling.
No explanation was provided at the Village Board meeting for tabling the vote. "I don't think I want to comment on it," Trustee Sharon Sweas said after the meeting, where she was of one of four trustees in favor of putting off a vote.
The Illinois Cafe and Service Co., also known as Dotty's, is a restaurant chain that serves alcohol and offers video gambling. It plans to open at 14041 S. Bell Road in Homer Glen. In early September, its request for a license was endorsed by the Plan Commission, which voted to give a unanimous recommendation in favor of Dotty's request to the board.
At this week's board meeting, its request for a beer, wine and liquor license drew several comments from the public—both pro and con, but none from trustees. Trustees Marcia De Vivo and Tedd Kagianas voted against tabling.
"The newspapers are going to make a mockery of this," Homer Glen restaurant and cupcake boutique owner Rose Reynders said during public comment at the meeting, expressing dissatisfaction with the village not making a decision that night in favor of Dotty's when "everybody sat here and approved gambling in Homer Glen."
"I'm against these guys [Dotty's] coming in," Homer Glen resident John Kooi of the 12000 block of Venetian Way said during public comment, expressing concerns that more establishments with gambling with sprout up in the village.
Following the meeting, Mayor Jim Daley said he was against tabling a vote.
"In my opinion, it was ridiculous," Daley said, adding only that the matter was tabled because "trustees didn't want to vote on it."
"They're entitled to a liquor license," Daley said of Dotty's.
159th Street medians
In other news, Houseal Lavigne Associates this week presented a preliminary draft of its 159th Street Corridor Planning Study. The report pointed to development potential on the west end of the corridor and provided suggestions on navigating the medians that the Illinois Department of Transportation plans to install as part of its 159th widening project.
A residential street behind the businesses or a rear frontage road could help give customers better access to a business impacted by the medians, Devin Lavigne, co-founder of Houseal Lavigne Associates, told the board.
A final community workshop on the 159th corridor is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 29, village officials announced.
"It's the chance for the public to interact with us, give us some input," Lavigne said.
Also, trustees approved a $67,902.94 payment to the Northern Will County Water Agency, which is seeking to acquire the Bedford Park transmission line from American Lake Water, sister company of Illinois American Water.