Orion veteran groups aren’t interested in selling booze

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Veteran Posts are not interested in liquor sales during the Orion Fall Festival car show, Orion American Legion Post 255 Commander Kevin Johnson said. at the Orion Village Council on Wednesday July 6th.

At its meeting on Monday, June 20, the council learned that the Legion and Orion Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 143 had applied for a one-day liquor license for Sunday, September 4. Auto show president Jim DeBaillie said the festival wouldn’t want to have anyone selling alcohol during the event. The festival would have to hire additional policemen and the alcohol would harm the family atmosphere.

The council took no action on June 20 because the request was not on the agenda.

Johnson said he was “extremely disappointed” with the board’s handling of a request the posts hadn’t even made yet. Motor show visitors brought their own alcohol or bought it from bars, and the festival needed no additional policing. No visitors were seen spilling beer on cars.

He listed all the posts do for the community and said he is always looking for other ways to raise money to support the projects.

“We respect our veterans,” village chairman Jim Cooper said. He apologized for the misunderstanding about whether the veterans had applied for a liquor license.

Johnson said he was exploring a Queen of Hearts design that other posts have done.

Drainage issues

Donald and Marilyn Achelpohl of the 1000 block of 14th Avenue B showed photos of flooding around their home, Mary Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church and CR Hanna Elementary School. During a recent rain, the water covering the street was deep enough to prevent fire trucks and ambulances from accessing the neighborhood if needed.

The Achelpohls asked the board to have an engineer look at the drainage in the area.

Cooper agreed to have the engineer examine it. In the meantime, village employees will examine the culverts to see if they are blocked.

Using backhoes to clear ditches makes them bigger, administrator Neal Nelson said.

In other cases

• On Monday, June 27, Marie Notre-Dame de la Paix erected a very bright electronic sign, the council learned. The church agreed to tone it down and turn it off overnight, but a resident asked if there should be an ordinance governing such signs in the future.

Cooper advised neighbors to work with the church before approaching the village council.

• Trustee Jim Hutcherson said the village received a paycheck for damage to the fence around the lift station on 10th Avenue, but it was too low.

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