WHAT WE KNOW: On Dec. 18, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission informed Hampton officials about alleged violations of the Illinois Liquor Control Act. According to the notification, the violation involved “liquor purchased at retail” and unlawful provision of “alcoholic liquor to another licensed retail location.” This allegedly occurred at The Heritage Center and is a taxation matter.
WHAT'S NEW: The ILCC has extended an offer that involves a settlement payment of $1,000. That would stop further proceedings, and the charges would be dismissed without a finding of guilt.
Village President Richard Vershaw, who also serves as liquor commissioner, said he made some mistakes regarding the matter. Trustee Jeff Heintz noted some of the action prompting the violation occurred prior to Vershaw assuming the job of liquor commissioner. Vershaw’s wife is the bar manager at The Heritage Center.
The village board voted to accept the offer and directed the village attorney, Nick Mason, to appoint a new liquor commissioner.
WHAT'S NEXT: In other business, the board:
- Voted to contribute $250 toward the 2019 Quad Cities Metro Area Bicycle Map.
- Approved painting The Heritage Center at a cost not to exceed $1,100.
- Declared Hampton Days will be held the weekend of Aug. 17, and approved hiring 3D Sound for the event at a cost of $500.
- Also discussed was the need to review water and sewer rates, as fees currently collected are not adequate to cover the amount charged to the village by East Moline.