Council approves permit for Arby’s
DIXON – The City Council approved the last step needed for an Arby’s to come to town Monday.
Heartland Beef Inc. plans to build an Arby’s at 1640 S. Galena near Walmart with construction to start as early as the spring.
The Bloomington, Indiana, based company petitioned the city for a special use permit for a drive-thru, which the Plan Commission unanimously approved Thursday and sent off its recommendation to the council for a final vote.
Heartland, an Arby’s franchisee group, has 36 restaurants in five states including those in Rock Falls and Clinton, Iowa, which opened about the same time 11 years ago.
The council also heard from Dan Ruckman, president of the Dixon Municipal Airport Board, about plans to create an endowment through Sauk Valley Community College to provide scholarships for aspiring aviators.
The airport and Sauk partnered in October to create the scholarship fund after an anonymous donor pledged to match up to $10,000 in donations, and the goal is to raise $10,000 by the end of the year to start the endowment at $20,000.
Interest accumulated from the endowment will become annual scholarships for students, and Ruckman said they hope to offer $1,500 a year as soon as the fall.
Councilmen Kevin Marx and Mike Venier said they were proud to see the progress being made to improve the airport and its role in the community.
Sauk offers a pilot ground-training course through its community education division, which is taught by the airport’s M&M Aviation Services.
The Sauk Foundation is handling donations.