Posted Online: Feb. 13, 2013, 8:57 pm

Woodhull approves video gaming with little opposition

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By Sherrie Taylor, rnstytlr@winco.net

WOODHULL -- The village board approved video gaming on Monday night.

The approval came after a survey of residents. Of the 238 responses to the survey, only 19 residents expressed a strong opposition to video gaming.

Businesses now must be approved by the state and will be required to pay the village a yearly fee of $25 per machine, with a maximum of five machines per business, Mayor Dave Holmes said, adding it may take a while for businesses to get state approval because of a backlog of applicants.

"Video gaming will not have as negative an effect to the village or police protection as alcohol does," Police Chief Clayton Brendal told the board.

The End Zone and two other businesses have expressed an interest in offering video gaming, the mayor said.

The board also discussed raising water and sewer rates to cover the cost of future work on the sewer system.

Although the village has applied for a grant to help fund the work, a rate hike also is needed, Mayor Holmes said, adding there has been one rate increase in the past 17 years, and it yielded about 15 percent additional income for the water-sewer fund.

The board is expected to consider a rate hike at its March meeting.

The board also approved installing two street lights on Lake Drive for $6,354, with the Lakeside developer covering half the cost.