Over the past few months the St. Charles Police Department, along with City staff and legal counsel, have worked to refine provisions in the city code regarding establishments that offer liquor, tobacco or massage services. A summary is below.
It is through collaboration and cooperation that we provide a safe and inviting social experience to those who patronize St. Charles and its establishments.
Our primary goal is make our community a ‘destination point” for residents, visitors and business owners alike.
The revision recommendations of the codes and ordinances you will see today are a reflection of these efforts. We want to be firm but fair in not only codifying our ordinances, but also enforcing them. We hope to accomplish the following goals:
- Clean up some inconsistent ordinance language.
- Provide clearer direction and definitions of outdated language and practices.
Follow industry standards and best practices in regards to our rules and regulations pertaining to the issuing of licenses, the will be enforcement of code regulations and the stance of “zero tolerance” to certain violations of our liquor ordinances. Specifically, you will see fine increase recommendations for fighting in public, public urination and intoxication and any violation pertaining to underage consumption/possession of alcohol.
As part of both the City and Police Department’s efforts to improve and enhance both compliance and accountability of tobacco retailers, a new ordinance was approved and implemented. Highlights include:
- The merger of tobacco oversight within the Liquor Commission
- Consolidation of alternative nicotine products within the ordinance
- Licensee accountability and a new license structure
These will solidify our ordinances and City Code and provide both the City and Police Department a more defined tobacco and alternative nicotine products review process.
City staff worked with legal counsel in developing language for an ordinance to implement massage business licensing. City Code 5.20 – “Massage Establishments” is now a reality.
The key points in this ordinance are as follows:
- An application process has been defined. Licensing and application fees have been recommended at $250.00, with an additional $50 charge for fingerprinting.
- Licensing restrictions include what is/isn’t allowed within the City.
- Establishment conditions, rules and regulations; inspections through Code Enforcement and the Police Department are part of this ordinance.
- Due process for license violations through the local Liquor Commissioner/Commission, including revocations, suspensions, and fines.
- Exemptions are in place for certain licensing requirements.
Mark Koenen is City Administrator of the City of St. Charles, Illinois. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
State Representative Steve Andersson will introduce himself at tonight's City Council meeting.
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Beginning February 7, 2015, Saturday business hours for the St. Charles Police Department will change to 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Business hours Monday through Friday are 6 a.m. - midnight; closed on Sundays and holidays.
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So many good things happened in our city last year. Here’s a look at 2014 in review:
- Developers of The QUAD broke ground on Sept. 3 as site and utility work began outside. Site work will continue this spring, followed by work on the actual structure. The QUAD has an anticipated 2016 opening.
- New businesses opened from east Main Street to Randall Road and everywhere in between. For the sixth consecutive year, the city has frozen its operating levy, keeping the City’s portion of property taxes constant.
- Infrastructure improvements rolled on, including:
- Completion of a new $.8.8 million Biosolids and Operations Building at the Main Wastewater Treatment Plant.
- $1 million replacement and improvement of the north Municipal Parking Lot.
- Resurfacing of South Tyler Road with a $500,000 matching State grant.
- The City was recognized with several awards and accreditations, including:
- The Police Department renewed accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies and finished 3rd in the Champion Class Category of the 2013 Illinois Traffic Safety Challenge sponsored by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police Traffic Committee.
- Our Emergency Management Agency (EMA) earned accreditation through the Illinois EMA.
- Our electric utility received the Municipality of the Year award from the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency.
- The City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the year ended April 30, 2013, received its 28th consecutive Certificate of Achievement from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada.
- Our Workplace Wellness program was recognized as a stand-out by the TriCity Family Services Employee Assistance Program.
Here’s to a great 2015 in St. Charles!
Telephone service for the City of St. Charles is now completely restored. Last evening the City experienced a telephone system interruption that caused a temporary outage for inbound calls. The City’s phone carrier has corrected the problem at
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