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Massage businesses in St. Charles must report sexual misconduct

Penalties would apply for violations of new ordinance

ST. CHARLES – St. Charles has a new ordinance requiring massage businesses to report any knowledge they have of employee sexual misconduct on their premises.

The City Council on Jan. 8 approved the ordinance, which had been under city review for several weeks. The ordinance requires employees, managers and agents of massage businesses to inform police immediately of any sexual misconduct and of any customer allegations of sexual misconduct.

Penalties would apply for non-compliance of the reporting policy. Police Chief James Keegan said any violation within the city's massage ordinance can result in a fine, license suspension or license revocation.

Also on Jan. 8, a majority of aldermen approved granting a liquor license to Anandappa Enterprises Inc., 1745 W. Main St., St. Charles. The Class A-6 license will allow the gas station convenience store to sell packaged liquor from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Under a recent change to the city's liquor laws, convenience stores may sell packaged liquor after a police background check and City Council approval on a case-by case basis.

Holiday lights recycling offered

During the City Council meeting 5th Ward Alderman Maureen Lewis reported that a new holiday lights recycling program in St. Charles is having great success.

Residents and businesses may drop off strings of holiday lights that don't work, are hopelessly tangled or no longer wanted. Rather than going into landfills, the lights with their electrical cords are recycled. Drop-off locations where collection bins are located inside the buildings are St. Charles Public Works, 1405 S. 7th Ave., St. Charles, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; St. Charles History Museum, 215 E. Main St., St. Charles, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; St. Charles Public Library, 1 South 6th Ave., St. Charles, during all library hours; and Blue Goose Market, 300 S. 2nd St., St. Charles, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

Acceptable items are traditional holiday lights, LED holiday lights, Italian mini holiday lights, rope lights and extension cords. Unacceptable items include lights and their cords only, and lights must not be attached to garlands.

The holiday lights recycling program is offered by the city, America in Bloom and Elgin Recycling.

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