Local government meetings this week involve DC Estate Winery, Roscoe Memorial Day Parade


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Wednesday's meeting of South Beloit's Zoning Board of Appeals/Planning Commission is expected to focus on a pre-annexation request from DC Estate Winery, 8877 State Line Road. Testimony in favor of or in opposition to the request will be heard. The winery also requests a special use permit "to allow a Planned Unit Development for Winery, which includes vineyards and facilities for the manufacture, storage, [and] sale of wine." Right now Winnebago County only allows them to have two outdoor musical events per month [PDF], with no more than three non-amplified musicians on stage at a time - no music festivals, carnivals, or fairs with ticket sales. If South Beloit City Council approves the pre-annexation, that would put the winery under City ordinances instead of County ordinances.

At Monday's meeting, trustees of the City of South Beloit heard reports from the City Administrator, a Staff Quarterly Report, and reports on Accounts & Finance, Public Health & Safety, Streets & Public Improvements, Public Properties, and from the mayor. John Schraeder was recognized for his years of service as a police officer.

The South Beloit City Council considered ordinances and resolutions disposing of property owned by the City, writing off a sewer balance for 1520 Center Street, approving a professional services agreement with McMahon Engineers for Illinois Housing Development Authority’s Home Repair and Accessibility Program Grant Administration, and giving pay raises for certain City employees. They also discussed MFT Funds and Hayes Avenue.

Under new business, the South Beloit City Council swore in Suh Che and Mohammed Salman as police officers. They considered a funding request of up to $1,200.00 from Keep Northern Illinois Beautiful for their medication collection services. And they approved a retail liquor employee license for Andrew Beaudin.

The Hononegah School Board will hold its regular meeting on Wednesday, Apr. 19, 2023. Board members will be installed and officers will be elected. The board will recognize the achievements of the varsity boys bowling team and the culinary arts students. They will acknowledge donations of a baby grand piano, worth approximately $2,500, from the Lombardo family, and a 2005 BMW 325i Series Sedan, worth about $3,090, from Roger and Sue Needham. The board will vote on extending the Skyward software license for 2023-2024 for $17,772, and purchasing Polar heart rate monitors for $14,470. A two-year extension with EvaluWise through June 2027 will cost $5,386.50.

In new business, the board will discuss extending First Student Transportation Services through June 30, 2024, awarding the teacher parking lot resurfacing bid to Stenstrom Excavation & Blacktop Group for no more than $264,193, approving the door project proposal from Ringland-Johnson Construction for $17,500, and approving the special education classrooms proposal from Larson & Larson Builders Inc. for no more than $11,000. A door sensor project proposal from Pro Com Systems may cost up to $126,000. The purchase of Special Education classroom furniture from Frank Cooney Company would total $35,366.61, funded from the ARP-IDEA federal grant.

In Tuesday's meeting, the Village of Rockton board will hold a public hearing about an annexation agreement for 1511 N. Blackhawk Blvd., which has been a University of Illinois Primary Care Clinic. The board is also expected to appoint David Nicosia and Shawn Connors to the Board of Fire & Police Commissioners, and to swear in David Murray, Elizabeth Harkins & Michael Slack as police officers. The board will consider a redevelopment agreement with the AAP Rockton, LLC. Later, the board is scheduled to go into executive session to discuss security procedures - the only part of the meeting not open to the public.

In Roscoe's Tuesday meeting, the Village of Roscoe board plans to swear in Sergeant Thomas Farone as Deputy Chief of the Roscoe Police Department. They are expected to approve a special event permit submitted by the VFW for the Memorial Day Parade to be held on May 29, 2023 including closure of parts of Main and Broad Streets. They also plan to approve a $50,000 Class “D” Patching Bid Package for 2023 and the final subdivision plat for Hawks Pointe Plat 6.

As usual, the board needs to increase the number of allowed liquor licenses in Roscoe before granting those liquor licenses to Lucky Slots, 10774 Main Street, and Anna Maria’s 2, 11607 Main Street. In addition, Benny’s Slots Wine Spirits has asked for three one-day Class “T” (Temporary) liquor licenses for special events to be held at Main Street Square on July 8, 2023, August 25, 2023, and September 9, 2023.

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