The Johnson County commissioners met for a regularly scheduled meeting Monday in which the board approved a Video Gaming Resolution requiring operators to register with the county and paves the way for the county to collect its share of the gaming revenue.
The ordinance establishes a $25 registration fee per each machine in an establishment. The state of Illinois’ Video Gaming Act passed last year allows for up to five machines in a licensed establishment.
Currently, only three establishments in Johnson County are licensed by the Illinois Gaming Board for Video Gaming and only one of the three is in operation. The resolution passed Monday is to include language to allow a municipality in Johnson County to provide its own ordinance and thereby establish its own registration fee not to be collected by the county but by the municipality issuing the registration.
Upon passing the video gaming resolution, the commissioners moved to new business in which the proposal to sign a letter of support in asking the state of Illinois to place a two-year moratorium on the process of hydraulic fracturing was debated and provided for “no action” as the commissioners said more time was needed to study the issues.
The commissioners approved the Goreville Area Council on Aging contract, which was to include the ability of the council to rent its building out and charge accordingly for it. It was noted that the building currently has broken windows in need of repair and a request for estimates to repair the damage was made.
An engineering agreement between the State of Illinois and Johnson County was approved for the construction of a bridge on Creal Springs Road. The bridge will replace an aging culvert in which its floor has long since deteriorated.
The commissioners also approved a Jury Service Budget Amendment allowing for an additional $10,000 to be added to the budget to provide for scheduled and unscheduled jury trials that would take place later in the year. State’s Attorney Tambra Cain Sharp said that a case was set to go to jury trial in May with the state’s last case requiring a grand jury.
Highway and county bills were approved in the amounts of $40,112.93 and $66,784.55 respectively.
The county commissioners will meet for its next regularly scheduled meeting April 22 with a start time of 3:30 p.m.