Letter to the Editor: Machesney Park’s business hypocrisy
On May 4, 2015, the Machesney Park Liquor Commission met to review and approve two new liquor license/gaming requests. One for Burden Rd. and one for N. Second St. Liquor commissioners Erick Beck, Ike Trickie and Mayor Bolin voted “yea,” Commissioner Snodgrass voted “nay.” “I just don’t like them,” she said. (Snodgrass has voted “yea” to other liquor license/gaming requests in the past, especially on N. Second St.)
Both license requests are in a commercially zoned area. There was no documented written or verbal public opposition to either license.
On May 18, 2015, the Village Board approved an ordinance change allowing the licenses and both passed with Trustees Beck, Bailey, Wilson, Johnson and Kidd voting “yea.” Trustee Snodgrass voted “nay.” Mayor Bolin also voted “yea.”
On June 1, 2015, the Village Board passed the Burden Rd. request 5 to 1, of course Snodgrass was the only “nay” vote. The board then voted 5 to 1 opposing the N. Second St. license request. Trustee Beck deciding now he is a “nay” vote. (Yet he voted “yea” at the Liquor Commission hearing.) There was no reason given as to why the license was denied.
The approved license request was given to a current business owner, the denied request was for a retired Deputy Sheriff and Military Veteran. If you are a current business owner or a Rt. 173 corporate giant, the Village Board is there with open arms. Apparently everyone else can just move along.
Kenneth C. Tyson