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Businesses ask for expanded liquor-sales hours

[quote]by Martha Quetsch
ELBURN—Two Elburn business operators want the village to expand the number of hours they can sell alcohol under the current municipal liquor code.

Kevin Schmidt, owner of Schmidt’s Towne Tap in downtown Elburn, asked the Village Board on Monday for permission to open his bar at 11 a.m. on Sunday instead of at noon as currently allowed under his Class A liquor license.

Currently, restaurants, clubs and taverns may not sell alcohol on Sundays until noon. However, liquor stores in the village may sell packaged liquor starting at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

Schmidt said since the village allows liquor stores to sell alcohol Sunday morning, bars should have the same privilege.

“I want to be able to open the doors (of Schmidt’s, a sports bar) at 11 a.m., for the pre-game shows,” Schmidt said.

Also on Monday, Hughes Creek Golf Club manager Heather Espe requested that the village allow clubs that hold a Class F liquor license, including Hughes, to begin selling alcohol at 9 a.m. on weekdays and at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

“We have golfers who want a beer or a bloody Mary at the (course) turn,” Espe said. “It would be a nice added bonus for us, since our competitors (Bliss Creek Golf and Tanna Farms golf clubs) can do it.”

Trustee Jerry Schmidt said he supports both the proposed Class F and Class A liquor code changes.

“I think it’s good for Elburn,” Schmidt said.

Trustees Gordon Dierschow and Patricia Romke also said they support allowing the earlier liquor sales.

If the Village Board approves the Class F and Class A ordinance changes, all businesses in the village that hold those liquor licenses would be affected, not just Schmidt’s and Hughes Creek.

Trustee Bill Grabarek said he is hesitant about permanently allowing the sale of liquor at bars before noon on Sunday, as opposed to just permitting a temporary variance during football season.

Grabarek said that before the board votes on the proposed liquor-code change for Class A licenses, he wants to gauge community sentiment about the issue.

“Do they really want the bars to open at 11 a.m. (Sunday)?” Grabarek asked.

The Village Board possibly will vote on the proposed changes on Monday, Aug. 2.

Liquor stores in Elburn, which hold Class C liquor licenses, would not be affected by either proposed liquor-code change.

Club may post temporary signs

Lions, Hughes Creek granted variances to new ordinance
by Martha Quetsch
The Elburn Village Board granted exceptions Monday to its brand-new sign ordinance.

The board will permit Hughes Creek Golf Club to display a six-foot banner during its May through September season, and the Elburn Lions Club to post trailer-mounted signs for five events during the year.

Under the village’s sign ordinance approved in April, the signs are not allowed. However, the board granted variances for the Lions and the golf club.

Trustee Patricia Romke suggested that golf club operator Heather Espe erect a permanent sign in the future at the club on Hughes Road. The club has posted the banner with its name and offerings for many years, but the banner now is prohibited by the sign ordinance.

Espe said a permanent sign might be cost-prohibitive.

“This is an expensive venture. We just got a three-year lease (from the Kane County Forest Preserve, which owns the golf course property) but I don’t want to buy a sign if we won’t be there beyond three years.”

New village trustee Jerry Schmidt said the board should look at revising the new sign ordinance.

“We have to help our businesses,” Schmidt said.

The Lions will be permitted to post temporary signs at locations including Route 47 and South Street and Route 47 and Stetzer Street, to advertise events such as its summer farmer’s market, Day in the Park and Elburn Days. The events benefit charities.