The village of Minooka this week is looking to support local restaurants and bars by adopting an ordinance to allow outdoor dining.
The village board’s decision comes as the state of Illinois moves ahead with relaxing its rules regulating restaurants and bars as they enter phase No. 3 of the Restore Illinois plan.
At their special meeting on Tuesday, Minooka trustees adopted an ordinance authorizing and regulating outdoor dining permits.
The village intends to provide a letter of application to business owners addressing layout and insurance requirements.
When asked by Trustee Dick Parrish how many establishments may want an outdoor dining permit, Village Administrator Dan Duffy said a half dozen are interested.
Each permit comes with a capacity limit and is allowing for outdoor dining between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Not every restaurant or bar establishment may have enough space to accommodate outdoor dining. Trustee Barry Thompson had this to say of closing a portion of the westbound roadway along Mondamin Street to help support businesses.
No one raised concern for the idea raised by Thompson during the meeting.
The village intends to make contact with the Minooka Fire Protection District and business owners to ask if the closure of westbound Mondamin Street between Osceola Street and Wabena Avenue would create an issue.
The ordinance as amended regulating outdoor dining was approved in a 5-0 vote. Trustee Ric Offerman was absent.
The closure of westbound Mondamin Street may be revoked if Ridge Road construction does not make it feasible, officials said.