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Tuesday night will present some unusual code changes for one local government, as a part of an annual cleanup of outdated ordinance language.

With the annual project of revising its codes of ordinances, the village of Oswego’s staff has proposals, some historically, for its trustees and village president to approve at its Tuesday 7:00 p.m. meeting at village hall.

First, a public decency or clothing rule will be dropped.   

Since 1952, the agenda reveals it has been illegal in Oswego to commit an, "immoral or indecent act." Clothes, "properly belonging to the opposite sex" could not be worn. Citizens had to be, "properly clothed or in decent garb." Those codes will apparently change, according to agenda documents.   

For 67 years, billiards or pool tables, including, bagatelle and pigeon-hole tables were required to have a local license and were regulated. That will be eliminated. Bowling lanes will no longer be assessed $25 for each alley. Coin-operated pool tables will not be $10 each, but still would need local licensing. Oswego does not have any bowling businesses or pool halls.

Oswego Village Administrator Dan DiSanto said the stigma of a variety of pool halls and games has disappeared in 2019, calling the rules, "antiquated."

However, starting this week children would be able to go into pool hall establishments, not having to meet the former age 18 requirement.  Time restrictions will be abolished, suggesting those places could now be open for 24 hours. Sundays could be added as a business day for bowling or playing pool.

Some taxi cab requirements show a 1961 or 2011 prior village board approval.  DiSanto said taxi cabs, Lyft, or Uber drivers and companies will follow state law instead of former Oswego guidelines.  Oswego Police have reported no incidents with any taxis or ride shared service drivers. Oswego currently does not have any taxi cab companies in its village limits, according to DiSanto.

The village board also will discuss a proposal from village staff to permit the on-site consumption of alcohol at gas stations and to allow video gaming devices, which would increase village revenue.  That initiative  is for discussion only at its 6:00 p.m. committee of the whole meeting.

DiSanto said over the years, gas station operators or station developers have inquired. First, the village must approve a liquor license for applicants, then both the state and village must sign off on allowing gas station gambling.

Last year, Oswego gained more than $167,000 in revenue from 13 non-gas station establishments, a total of 60 gaming terminals.  Currently, Yorkville, Montgomery, Somonauk, Seneca, and Newark allow video gaming at gas stations.

Concerning raffles and poker runs, trustees will be looking at ordinance revisions. Those events will be increased from $50,000 to a $100,000 cash or prize-valued limit.  Any raffle or poker run starting at $150 in winnings will require a village license. Poker runs involving dice or marbles are included. An age 18 participation rule has been added.   

Finally, Oswego trustees will vote to allow Oswego Village President Troy Parlier, who acts as Local Liquor Control Commissioner, to grant exemptions for retail sales of alcoholic beverages.