The Woodstock City Council closed a loophole that could have allowed some gas stations to receive video gambling licenses.
The city amended its Unified Development Ordinance April 4 to create a new definition for truck stops in order to differentiate them from gas stations. Truck stops are eligible to host video gambling terminals while gas stations are not.
“It’s a unique part of the state law that allows truck stops to have gaming,” City Manager Roscoe Stelford said. The amended ordinance “prevents your gas station from turning into a truck stop just because they meet all the specifications from the state to be a truck stop,” he said.
A gas station in Lake in the Hills recently was able to receive a gambling license after proving it met the state’s definition of a truck stop, Stelford said. Size and the amount of diesel fuel sold are among the factors the state uses to determine if a fueling station can be considered a truck stop.
“To reduce the likelihood of that happening in the city of Woodstock, text amendments to the UDO are being proposed in order to provide an extra layer of review,” a document presented to the Woodstock City Council said.
A truck stop now is defined by the city as a “commercial facility that provides fuel, parking and from time-to-time food and other services to long haul trucks/semi-trucks” that includes all or some of “convenience stores, truck wash, overnight semitruck/trailer parking, weighing scales, and restaurants,” among other things.
Truck stops still are allowed in Woodstock, but they will need to receive special-use permits from the city, according to documents presented to the council.
City Council members voted unanimously to approve the amended ordinance.