Longtime Planning Zone commissioner honored
By Kris Stadalsky Correspondent March 31, 2013 9:14PM
Glen Schiebel, SUBMITTED PHOTO
Updated: May 2, 2013 6:04AM
MINOOKA — Longtime Planning and Zoning board chairman Glen Schiebel was honored for his 23 years of service to the village last week.
Minooka Village President Pat Brennan presented Schiebel with a plaque.
“We recognize and appreciate your dedication,” Brennan said.
Schiebel served on the original Planning Commission of the village from 1984 to 1993. He then became chairman of the Planning and Zoning board and served from 1998 to 2011.
Schiebel said he served the village through six mayors, beginning with Ray Offerman.
He was just recently able to attend a board meeting to accept the plaque, he said.
Over the years, Schiebel has seen many things change in the village, with the addition of the Twin Rails industrial park and the big box warehouses, he said.
“It was a pleasure to work with a lot of good citizens of Minooka, a lot of changes have come,” Schiebel said. “It was a lot of fun.”
In other board action, two video gambling establishments received liquor licenses. The board approved for A2 liquor licenses two new food establishments that intend to have video gambling.
State law requires establishments to have a liquor license before they can apply for a video gambling license, Village Administrator Dan Duffy said.
Java Jills, 841 S. Ridge Road, and Stella’s, 2035 S. Ridge Road, were both approved for on-premise, limited liquor licenses.
Java Jills is a coffee shop and Stella’s a café, said Duffy.
Village trustee Terry Houchens voted against the licenses, saying the businesses appear to be video gambling parlors, an issue he’s voted against since the state opt-out law became effective last year.
“I hope I am wrong about the way they turn out,” Houchens said. “It’s nothing personal, I just feel uncomfortable in this situation.”
Trustee Barry Thompson made the motion to approve the liquor ordinances contingent upon both businesses’ background checks coming out clear.
In other business, the board:
Approved the official zoning map for the village with no changes from last year.
Hired Ottosen-Britz, Kelly, Cooper & Dinolof, LTD as legal counsel for employment and collective bargaining issues.
Approved the 2014 Motor Fuel Tax funds of $420,000 for street maintenance for 2014.
Approved the final plat Unit 2 for Minooka Industrial Park, LLC. The motion was tabled in February due to permits from the IDNR and Corp of Engineers that hadn’t cleared. All permits have now come through, according to Duffy.