Fox Lake Dollar General gets liquor license approval

February 23, 2019
Sales associate Holly Jones helps a line of customers at the Fox Lake Dollar General's grand opening ceremony on Jan. 5. The store can now sell beer, having been granted a Class A retailers license at city hall on Wednesday night.

FOX LAKE — Beer from a dollar store?

The answer is yes, although it must be remembered that Dollar General at 733 W. State St. is not a one-price only store like other stores of similar name. Dollar General offers a wide array of items at generally discounted prices – now including beer.

Everything is not a buck.

Granting the Class A retail license for take-away sale of fermented malt beverages was approved with a unanimous vote by the Fox Lake City Council on Wednesday night. The license is being issued to Dolgencorp LLC, doing business as Dollar General at 733 W. State St.

During the public hearing section of the meeting there was no one there from Dolgencorp, nor any members of public objecting to the approval.

The rest of the meeting was similarly low-key, as City Administrator Dean Perlick’s suggestions to enact or revise city policies were set aside without action. Those items include the following:

Establishing a policy for closing city hall in bad weather. (Everyone — except for Perlick — lives in town and can get there easily for meetings or open hours).Moving the municipal court office to a room off the lobby and installing a window and counter. (To be done by Hometown Glass at a cost of $1,180).Charging downtown businesses for pushing snow into the street after 24 hours. (Snow removal crews are usually out and can handle it).Selling surplus dinner plates and an electric organ in the Community Center. (According to existing policy to be done quarterly by whatever means deemed to be appropriate).Getting residents to shovel their sidewalks after snowfall. (Generally not a problem, but more so during this winter’s frequent snowfalls).

Fox Lake Public Library Head Librarian Erin Anders reported that the library was open regular hours, despite closings all around her. Since Anders lives close by, getting there was not a problem. Anders reported that the library is a listed warming station, and that patrons were there despite the weather.

Alderman Pete Hartzheim reported that the popular breakfast held to raise funds for the Fox Lake Aquatic Center will be replaced, due to a shortage of volunteer help. This year a brat/hamburger fry will be held at LeRoy Meats, 739 W. State St., May 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will also be a silent auction and raffles.

Mayor Tom Bednarek expressed his gratitude to downtown investor Dennis Giese, who donated new chairs and a desk for use in the Community Center.