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Montgomery rejects Prime Time Fuels’ liquor license request in 4-3 vote

The Montgomery Village Board rejected a liquor license request from a local gas station in a 4-3 ballot Monday evening.

Prime Time Fuels, owners of a gas station at the northwest corner of Douglas and Montgomery roads, had asked the board to create a Class P liquor license that would have allowed “the retail sale of beer at their gas station, in full packaging only and not for consumption on the premises,” according to a memo prepared by Steve Andersson and Laura Julien, village attorneys.

But board member Pete Heinz told his board colleagues that he opposed creating the license.

“I think we have enough liquor licenses out right now,” Heinz said.

On the motion to approve the license, Heinz and board members Theresa Sperling and Stan Bond voted “no” while board members Denny Lee, Doug Marecek and Steve Jungermann voted “yes.”

Village President Matt Brolley broke the tie by casting his vote against granting the license.

During a board meeting last month, Brolley had said he believes there were enough liquor licenses issued to businesses along the Douglas Road corridor. He also indicated that he does not believe granting the license would serve to boost retail sales in the area.

New officer sworn in

In other business, Brolley swore in Kelli Smith of North Aurora as a village patrol officer. Deputy Chief Armando Sanders told the board that Smith graduated from Suburban Law Enforcement Academy Dec. 23 and passed her state police exams. Sanders noted that Smith is an avid runner who has completed multiple marathons. Among those in attendance to watch Smith’s swearing-in were her parents, Bill and Barb Smith, and her brother, Randy Smith.

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