ROCHELLE — A new establishment with slots and liquor is in the works for the south side of the “Hub City.”
At Monday’s Rochelle City Council meeting, the council approved the creation of new, previously non-existent liquor license for what eventually will be Rusty’s Slots. According to Rochelle City Manager Jeff Fiegenschuh, Russ Stevens as submitted an application for a Class B liquor license for Rusty’s Slots at 901 S. Seventh St., the former Hub Shuttle facility. This license allows for the retail sale on the premises specified of alcoholic liquor for consumption on the premises as well as other packaged retail sale of such liquor.
Councilman Bil Hayes, who in the end cast the lone dissenting vote, inquired about zoning and the nearby residences, adding that there are two houses in 100 feet of the proposed business. “Does this meet the criteria for distance of a residence from liquor sales?”
Sheets addressed the council, saying the two houses nearby were constructed on commercial land.
Fiegenschuh explained that he did have the staff review the zoning and it is allowed in the area.
Mayor John Bearrows was absent from the meeting, but Councilman Tom McDermott served as mayor pro tem. “We’re kind of going about this backward,” McDermott explained. “If he gets the permission for the license and it’s worth for him to invest more money, he still has to go before the planning commission with plans. We still have time.”
Fiegenschuh agreed, saying it simply creates the liquor license and the new business has to go through the community development committee and such.
When Sheets applies for the liquor license, it also will include his gaming license application, and all will be considered at once.