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|City Helps Chez Willy's; Mayor Says Nothing on Pot Ordinance Veto
|FIRST REPORTED 5:30am 8/21/12 The Galesburg City Council is helping a downtown restaurant essentially go out on their own in one respect.
Aldermen Monday night approved a revolving loan of up to $115,000 for the owners of Chez Willy's on South Seminary Street so that they can purchase the building they're currently in, along with the one next to it.
Chez Willy's owner Bill Egenlauf tells WGIL it's important for the business to be able to buy the building.
"The buildings were coming up for sale," Egenlauf said. "So we wanted to solidify what we wanted to do -- not have somebody come in and possibly purchase them out from under us. Then, there would be a question of what would happen to that address, and things of that nature."
Egenlauf says there are very preliminary plans in the works to expand the business, but if the right person comes along, that building could be leased.
Egenlauf expects to close on the purchase in the coming days.
Aldermen Monday night did not hear from Mayor Sal Garza on why he vetoed the ordinance allowing for the possession of two-and-a-half grams cannabis to possibly be a city ordinance violation. Garza just said he wanted the veto document he's previously discussed entered into the record.
A new three-year contract with the city's firefighters retroactive to January first was also approved. It includes pay raises but bigger contributions by the firefighters into their health insurance policies.
(Mayor Sal Garza talks with Ward 2 Alderman Wayne Dennis, left, Monday night. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
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