County OKs liquor license for wine house

The Fayette County Board approved on Tuesday a liquor license for a couple planning to operate a wine house in Wheatland Township.
The license, which will allow the sale of all types of alcohol, is being issued to Mark and Tammy Lash, who are turning a house in the St. James area into Summer Breeze Wine House.
Prior to the issuance of a license, board Chairman Steve Knebel said the couple plans to have the wine house open only on Sundays, and that it will be selling wines produced at Illinois wineries.
The Lashes also plan to rent their facilities for such things as bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, anniversary celebrations and retirement parties.
At this time, the Lashes hope to open the wine house in late May or early June.
Also at Tuesday’s meeting:
• The board approved an ordinance continuing the county’s support of the Central Illinois Public Transit operated by the CEFS Economic Opportunity Corp.
Prior to the vote, CIPT Transportation Director Kristie Warfel explained planned improvements that will benefit users of the transportation system in Shelby, Moultrie, Montgomery, Douglas, Clay and Fayette counties.
Knebel told board members that another transportation system is trying to expand into this region, but that he endorses continued support for CIPT.
• The board approved a four-year lease agreement with Konika/Minolta for a copier in the office of Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun.
Under the agreement, the county will pay a monthly lease fee of $239.40 and a monthly maintenance fee of $104.19. The service agreement covers 27,000 copies, as well as toner and other supplies.
The county will be paying about $420 a month less than what it was paying for a copier in Braun’s office under the old agreement.
• The board approved the reappointment of Vernon L. Brazle of rural Brownstown to the Fayette County Board of Review. Brazle’s new term runs through May 31, 2014.
The board approved the request of County Treasurer Rose Hoover to have area banks accept payments of county real estate and mineral taxes.
Those accepting tax payments include: First National Bank of Vandalia, Ramsey and Patoka; National Bank of Vandalia; Fayette County Bank in St. Elmo; Midland States Bank in Vandalia and Farina; First National Bank of Brownstown; and First State Bank of St. Peter.

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