Charleston council OKs raffles, permits public wedding procession
The Charleston City Council met on Feb. 2 with business including the endorsement of financial decisions and issuance of sundry raffle licenses.
The council approved multiple bond refinancing actions to meet its debt service obligations without levying extra taxes; passed an ordinance allowing for two special use permits for alcohol consumption at city-sponsored events in a one-year period; and approved a land lease agreement for the installation of a telecommunications tower at an old wastewater treatment site.
Four organizations had requested raffle licenses, which were all approved under the consent agenda. St. Charles Borromeo Council No. 4024 Knights of Columbus was granted a license for weekly drawings for February through December to raise funds for operating and charitable expenses.
Charleston American Legion Post No. 93 requested permission for an April 7 raffle to raise funds to support Honor Guard and other programs.
A special street closure for a New Orleans-style wedding processional — including a small jazz band — from 4:30-5 p.m. on June 11 was approved. The procession would exit Immanuel Lutheran Church at 902 Cleveland Ave. and proceed north on Ninth Street toward Grant Avenue, arriving at the Eastern Illinois University Grand Ballroom.
Finally, Nora Pat Small was reappointed to a one-year term as ex-officio member on the Charleston Historic Preservation Commission.