At their meeting Monday, August 5, Mayor Ken Taber and village board members learned they are invited to the Friday, Aug. 23, ribbon cutting ceremony for Love’s Travel Stop and
Country Store in Atkinson.   Construction began last fall on Love’s, on property where the former Atkinson Plaza
was located, along Interstate 80 at the south edge of the village. The facility is expected
to open for business on Thursday, April 22, and will include three restaurants – Chester’s,
Subway, and Godfather’s Pizza in addition to a convenience store, tire shop and services
for professional drivers including shower facilities. Video gaming also will be allowed.   In other business, the board approved amending the current video gaming ordinance to
allow businesses to permit video gaming without serving alcohol. The ordinance
previously stated the business had to offer consumption of alcohol on the premises in
order to have video gaming. The new ordinance also allows for 10 video gaming
machines at any one location, which is an increase of five video gaming machines. The
change was made by the State of Illinois.  

The board also:
-Tabled a bid of $6,800 from Kem Construction, Colona, to tuck point and caulk around
windows on the second floor of the village office building; and tabled a bid of $20,895
from Stucco Solutions, Erie, to stucco on the east and south sides of the village office.
The board decided tuck pointing may not solve the problem of water leaking into the
building, and the bid of $20,895 was too high and agreed to seek other bids.
-Tabled a bid of $7,500 and another bid of $6, 345, both from Mapes Asphalt, Atkinson,
for road repairs, and will authorize village employees to do some of the work.
-Approved a bid of $1,760 from VO Excavating, Atkinson, to put rip-rap stone in a
ditch in West View Estates Subdivision.
-Approved allowing Joe DeFauw, owner/operator of The Edge Banquet Hall and The
Outer Edge Bar, to remove a berm in front of the business to expand the parking area.
-Approved spending $4,000 for a new air conditioning in a village-owned building at
403 State St.
-Approved a contract to work with Henry County officials for problems involving
animal control.
-Learned that street sweeping will take place in the downtown area on Friday, Aug. 9,
and that all vehicles should be removed from downtown streets for the work