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In the end, the debate over Mahomet's video gaming ban came down to taxes.
The board of trustees voted 4-2 to repeal the ban on Tuesday night, with proponents of the measure citing the need to encourage commercial growth in a community where the tax base is overwhelmingly residential.
Residents on both sides of the gambling issue came out to express their opinions at Tuesday night's study session of the Mahomet Village Board, ahead of a possible vote next week.
Video gaming has been illegal in Mahomet since 2009, though there are already places in town where it's available.
Acting Village President Sean Widener is calling for a final decision in the ongoing debate over video gambling in Mahomet.
“Our inaction on that issue has left a lot of people unsure where we’re going with it,” Widener told the board at Tuesday’s study session. “Let’s finally bring this issue to a close for all our sakes.”
Mahomet-Seymour administrators took another step toward the future sale of the Sangamon School property this week, as the village’s Plan and Zoning Commission unanimously voted to recommend rezoning the site from multi-family residential to commercial use.
There are a lot of theories about how Mahomet got its name, but newly discovered evidence may help solve that longstanding mystery.
“I am fairly convinced that there’s a wealth of evidence that this village is indeed named after the Indian sachem Mahomet Weyonomon,” local historian Greg Pasley told Mahomet’s board of trustees on Tuesday night.
Local officials hosted a roundtable discussion last week in an effort to jump-start commercial development in the area—and to forge connections among those involved.
Plans to replace a 74-year-old water main in downtown Mahomet are moving ahead.
At Tuesday night’s study session, trustees signaled their approval of hiring Cross Construction to replace the water main along Main Street and on Lincoln Street between Main and Dunbar, which date from 1941.
Village leaders voted Tuesday night not to renew their contract with Champaign County Animal Control—but opted to continue working with the county for impound services.
A new proposal before the Board of Trustees would shift responsibility for loose dogs in Mahomet away from Champaign County Animal Control.
The change is in response to increased animal control costs levied on municipalities by the Champaign County Board.
An effort to legalize video gambling in Mahomet failed to gain traction this week, nearly a year to the day after the issue first ignited debate.
A standing-room-only crowd turned out to protest the measure, which foundered after a vote to move the issue to next week’s agenda for further discussion failed.