FULTON, Ill. — After assurance that a lease with Fulton Retail Development Group, Inc. would not allow for the acquirement of gaming terminals, the Fulton City Council has extended its liquor license count by one.

A soon-to-be steak and rib house, DJs, will take over the former Golden Wok restaurant location on Fourth Street. David James, long-time restauranteur and friend of Krumpets owner Renee Holmes, will operate as a supper club to open at 4 p.m. each day. Charles Dykstra, executive director of the Fulton Retail Group, said DJs looks to open in mid- to late-March.

The amendment to the ordinance, which allows DJs to sell alcohol, is issued for the entity and location off Fourth Street. If James decided to add gaming, he would have to reapply for a liquor license.

DJs is one of several establishments that sought out the amended sale of liquor; however, because he agreed to contractually avoid video gaming machines and focus on food service, the council was willing to extend the licensing to James. If in the future the council decided to grant more licenses to establishments with gaming, he would entertain that allowance.

James, who operates Gil’s Ballroom in Clinton, is excited to break out into the Fulton community. Everything at Gil’s will run the “same as usual,” though the Clintonian may cut back on a few hours.

New customers may enjoy the remodel, which he said is “something special.”

“I am looking forward to meeting all the people of Fulton,” James said. “I hope they come out and have a dinner with me.”

In other business, Alderwoman Barb Mask motioned to approve $4,018.04 from the General Fund Reserves for the windmill repair shortfall. The council approved the measure unanimously.

The council also approved amendments to disabilities parking and seized vehicles rules. To comply with Illinois law, Chapter 31 of the code was updated to allow the towing of vehicles for more than 10 grams of cannabis — any less is a civil offense and no longer criminal.

The parking allowance was granted to one stall on 12th Avenue as a person-of-need asked for the creation of a handicapped spot. Though it was approved to be placed in front of a residence in the 900 block of that street, any person with the proper sticker may park in that spot.

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