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Village discusses gaming license

by Cheryl Borrowdale
SUGAR GROVE—Slot machines and video poker are unlikely to come to Sugar Grove anytime soon, despite an application by the American Legion for a state-issued gaming license last Friday.

Although the budget-strapped Illinois legislature approved the Illinois Video Gaming Act in 2009 as a way to increase tax revenue, licensing has been slow to begin. The act allows businesses with liquor licenses to apply to have video gaming on the premises, so long as they have a maximum of five machines and place them in an area that’s only accessible to those 21 and older.

The law allows individual municipalities to opt out, if they choose, and several area villages have already done so or are considering it. St. Charles, Batavia and Elburn have already voted to ban the gaming, and Geneva will debate the issue next week.

The American Legion’s application brought up the issue in Sugar Grove, where village officials discussed the possibility at Tuesday’s Village Board meeting. Board members seem set to opt out at the Tuesday, Aug. 21, meeting, which is the soonest they would be able to vote on the issue.

“It’s not something you approve,” said Peter Wilson, the village’s attorney. “It’s something you disapprove. It’s already there; it’s lawful, unless you take action to opt out.”

Village President Sean Michels encouraged the board to evaluate the pros and cons of gaming, noting that it had been approved at the state level and there were three establishments in town that could potentially qualify, due to their liquor licenses. He also pointed out that there were few revenue benefits for Sugar Grove.

“With this level of gaming, we don’t anticipate any real issues as far as requiring any police or staff that would (financially) impact the village,” Village Administrator Brent Eichelberger told the board. “On the flip side of it, we don’t think we’ll see significant dollar amounts coming in either, with this number of machines.”

The state’s taxation formula means that Sugar Grove would likely get less than $20 in additional tax revenue a year, Village Clerk Cindy Galbreath said.

“For every dollar spent in one of the machines, 80 cents has to pay back out (in winnings),” Galbreath said. “Of the 20 cents left over, 30 percent of that goes to taxes, but only five percent of that goes to the municipality. The rest is profit (for the companies). So there’s not much in it for Sugar Grove.”

Sugar Grove resident Amy Glenn said that she didn’t see much harm in allowing video gaming.

“If it would help the community in any way, with tax dollars or with drawing people here, I don’t see anything wrong with it so long as it’s contained,” Glenn said. “I know gambling is an addiction for some people, but for others it’s just a game.”

Her daughter, Cassondra Zimbelman, agreed but cautioned that if the village was going to allow gaming, it should be monitored.

“My main concern would be, if you go to a bar, they cut you off (if you’ve had too much),” Zimbelman said. “They’d have to cut you off with things like gambling as well. You can’t have somebody spending their whole mortgage payment. But I don’t see this taking the village down because gambling’s already down the street (in Aurora).”

Wilson warned the board that it might be difficult for the village to apply additional regulations to gaming because the state is already regulating it.

“Theoretically, you might be able to put some kind of restrictions on it, some kind of rotation, but I don’t think you can regulate it much,” he said. “You could try it, but I don’t know if it would withstand a challenge in court.”

The ability to control the gaming was a prime concern for trustee Kevin Geary.

“My question is, is this a Pandora’s Box that, once it’s opened, it can’t be shut?” Geary asked the board. “I’m not opposed to gambling, but my question is, what’s the potential downside? If we allow it, is it just going to proliferate itself?”

Trustee Rick Montalto felt strongly about the issue, saying that allowing any kind of gambling isn’t the right thing for the Sugar Grove community.

“I’d like to be the first one to say let’s opt out,” Montalto said. “We are here to determine what we want for this community. Video gambling? Do we want to become Rosemont? The towns around us that are not doing it will just drive people to come to us. And businesses will find a way to get around (any restrictions) and it will be scattering all over.”

Trustee David Paluch agreed that the village should opt out.

“Some of these games are very explicit,” he said. “I’ve seen some in bars that are very graphic in nature. I don’t think it’s the right thing for our village. If people want to go gamble, they can go to the riverboats in Aurora. It’s only 15 minutes away.”

Board members placed the vote to opt out of video gaming on the agenda for the Aug. 21 board meeting and said they expected that members of the American Legion might come to comment on it.

Letter: Sugar Grove talks trash

The village of Sugar Grove and Waste Management were pleased to roll out the expanded refuse contract, which now includes a refuse toter. The delivery of the toters to all village residents is complete; however, it appears they have created several questions.

1. Will there be an increase in the monthly charge for refuse?
2. What do I do with my old refuse containers?
3. What if the containers is too large for my household?
4. Who owns the toters and what do I do if they break or are stolen?
5. Why did I get this toter?
6. How do I dispose of items properly?
7. Will there be an increase in the monthly charge for refuse?

1. There is no increase in the village’s rate for refuse service. The rate for 2012 will remain at $20.50 monthly. Additionally, for those of you who have been renting a toter from Waste Management, that charge will no longer be assessed.

2. There are a few options for your old refuse containers. You can put a note on them for the refuse hauler to dispose of them (they will be recycled), or you can label them with a permanent marker or a label (available at village hall) and use them for landscape waste.

3. If you received a large toter and are a senior or live alone and would like a smaller one, call Waste Management at 1-800-796-9696 to arrange to have it exchanged.

4. Both the recycling and the refuse toters are owned by Waste Management; please do not write your house number on either. If you move, please leave both toters at the home.

If a toter breaks due to normal wear and tear, Waste Management will repair or replace the toter. Residents can call 800-796-9696, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for routine repairs or exchanges. Toters that become damaged through misuse or negligence will be replaced at the homeowner’s expense.

5. The wheeled refuse toter was chosen for a few reasons. They will keep the village cleaner as they do not tip easily or have separate lids. This will help contain refuse on windy days and keep the wildlife out. They will also help keep costs down as they are automatically emptied, eliminating the need for Waste Management personnel to lift the toters, thereby preventing injuries. Additionally, as the toters are larger and hold more they will reduce the number of containers that need to be emptied, saving time.

6. Disposing of items can be confusing in part due to disposal regulations. Electronics must be recycled; white goods have long been banned from landfills; yard waste has to be disposed of at a composting facility; and not all items that appear to be recyclable are. If you are confused about what type of container to use, what you can recycle, wonder how to dispose of electronics (or what the difference between a white good and an electronic device) please check out the links below.

• Refuse should be placed in the Waste Management toter with the Green Lid
• Recycling should be placed in the Waste Management toter with the Yellow Lid
• Landscape waste should be placed in brown paper yard waste bags, or a container clearly labeled yard waste. Brush and branches must be in bundles no longer than 4 feet and tied with biodegradable string or twine; no wire
• White goods are picked up 2 times a year. Watch the website and the village newsletter for dates
• Electronics—see the list published by Kane County. Do not place them in with regular recycling

Make sure all your refuse, recycling and yard waste is at the curb by 6 a.m. on your regularly scheduled pick-up day. Please note that Waste Management generally will return for a missed pickup; however, a return fee may be assessed.

Cindy Galbreath
Village clerk, Sugar Grove

Village open house to coincide with French Market opening

SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday voted 5-0 to allow its 2011 Open House to begin the same day as the Sugar Grove French Market this year.

Opening day of the French Market this year is Saturday, June 4, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

According to a document from Village Clerk Cindy Galbreath, the village is a year-round food bank donation site; in past years, the village has encouraged food bank donations to be brought to the open house so that donators could be given coupons to use at the market. The French market manager has been contacted to see if these coupons would be valid at this year’s market.

Sugar Grove in step with amended FOIA

by Susan O’Neill
Sugar Grove—The Sugar Grove Village Board on Tuesday identified four Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) officers, in compliance with the updated law, which went into effect Jan. 1.

As part of the new requirements, governmental bodies are required to appoint FOIA officers to respond to all future requests for information made through the FOIA process. The Village Board named Village Clerk Cindy Galbreath, Public Works Director Tony Speciale, Police Chief Brad Sauer and Community Development Director Rich Young as the village’s FOIA officers.

The Act requires that all information held by a public body be given to anyone who asks for it, with very few exceptions. One of these exceptions is private information, such as social security numbers, home or personal telephone numbers and personal e-mail addresses. Among other FOIA changes, public information requests will not have to be written on a village-specified form and can be submitted in a variety of ways, including verbally.

The new FOIA law also requires municipalities to provide the first 50 pages of public information free of charge, and can charge no more than 15 cents for each additional page. In addition, the law requires municipalities to provide public information electronically if requested, when it is available in that format. Municipalities must also provide the requested information within five working days, as compared to seven days under the old rules.

Recent concerns raised that the e-mail addresses of e-news recipients of a public body would no longer be considered private is not something Sugar Grove residents need to worry about, Galbreath said.

“Please rest assured that the village of Sugar Grove has always taken precautions to ensure that your e-mail address is private and remains private,” Village Clerk Cindy Galbreath wrote in an e-mail to residents. Galbreath said that Sugar Grove’s E-News database is grouped by geographic area and all addresses are classified as private.

To view Sugar Grove’s Freedom of Information Act procedures, visit www.sugar-grove.il.us/VFoiaListing.htm. To view the Freedom of Information Act (5 ILCS 140/1), visit www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/government/index.html.

Galbreath said that if anyone has questions or concerns regarding the village’s policy, she can be reached at (630) 466-4507, ext. 24.