Wheaton approves liquor license

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The Wheaton City Council approved a request for a liquor license from Grace Energy at its regularly scheduled meeting on Jan. 8.

Carol Cobaugh and Lisa Scholl appeared before the council on behalf of Grace Energy, which is in the process of purchasing the old Stop and Shop building. Cobaugh and Scholl reported that Grace Energy, headquartered in Carthage, has requested a liquor license for the convenience store business.

After Mayor Donnie Powell called for a vote, Aldermen David Shockley and Ryan Henderson voted in favor of approving the request while Aldermen Naomi Young and Stacy Beck opposed the motion. Powell broke the tie by voting to approve the liquor license request.

During the meeting, the aldermen also learned that Clint Clark, police chief, will begin working two days a week on the day shift and three days a week on the evening shift. Kenen Martinez, part-time officer, will work four hours in the evenings on the days that Clark works the day shift. Martinez will also be working on Saturday.

In other business, the Wheaton City Council:

* Approved a pay request from Tri-State Engineering, which provided engineering services for the city's water improvement project.

* Approved the budget after increasing the miscellaneous expenses in the general fund by $10,000.

During the meeting on Dec. 4, 2012, the council:

* Decided to absorb a 2.78 percent increase in health insurance rates for the city's three employees.

* Voted not to allow the Wheaton Historical Society to use the community building for its annual Valentine fundraiser at no cost.

* Accepted the resignation of Don Davis, weekend officer.

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