By Steve Capps
For the Star-Gazette
At their Sept. 3 meeting, the Beardstown City Council approved a new liquor license for the Riverview Restaurant and made a revolving loan to the Mile 88 Pub to build a new kitchen. They also heard from a local businessman who plans to open a convenience/liquor store.
Don R. Large II of D&D Enterprises owns a parcel of land located between the city’s new public works building and the railroad tracks. The city currently uses the land to store rock and other road materials. Large has offered to swap the property to the city for the old Casey’s building on Wall Street.
“Right now the city doesn’t have a convenience store on that side of the tracks,” he told the council. Large said he bought the property adjacent to public works for the rail spur. The spur is not located on the portion of the property the city is using and would not be included in the swap. He plans to use the spur to load scrap metal from his recycling operation onto rail cars for shipping.
The city acquired the old Casey’s building several months ago at a tax sale. At that time, the city held a lien against the property because the last owner had defaulted on a $55,000 loan from the revolving loan fund. The city’s total investment in the property is approximately $64,000. The council advised Large that the next step would be an appraisal of their property and survey of his so that all parties were clear on what is being exchanged.
In other business, the council voted to purchase new decals for the city’s police vehicles. This reflects new Police Chief Roy Hurst’s policy of improving the overall professionalism of his department. The council received a proposal from Capps Media to overhaul and provide monthly maintenance of the city’s website.
Finally, Mayor Steve Patterson put aside recent rumors regarding his health.
“I don’t have cancer. I’m going to be here awhile,” he said.
Patterson admitted he was having some difficulties stemming from complications of his previous cancer treatment. He said his doctors were working to correct the problem and that there is no long-term threat to his health at this time.