Video gaming is on the verge of entering the village of Bethalto following the village board's decision to amend their video gaming ordinance. The two changes made will allow any establishment with the proper classification of liquor license to own and operate up to five video gaming terminals, as dictated by the state's Video Gaming Act. The measure will also give the village the ability to collect an annual licensing fee of $25 per gaming machine.

The action from the board came just days after the owners of the four establishments with such licenses in Bethalto approached Mayor Steve Bryant about their intent to install these gaming devices.

Bryant says that he doesn't see gaming becoming an issue in the village because of how they will monitor it.

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Bryant also says that he believes owners will follow the rules set by the state because of the fear that they could be stripped of their liquor license if they violate them.

In other business, the village board announced plans to include village residents in the county's "Code Red" program. Beginning next week residents will be able to sign up for the voluntary warning program at no cost, through a link on the village's website. The system would primarily be used for getting out emergency weather information, but could also be used for other public messages for gas leaks, or other evacuations.

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