City hears petition for new sewer line
Dollar General begins legwork to build on
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[NOV. 16, 2004]
Representatives of The
Dollar General Store have begun plans to possibly build a new store
on the southeast side of Lincoln. Company representatives inquired
if the city would be willing to run a sewer extension to the
property on Limit Street (Route 121).
Cyra Development had contacted sewer
manager Grant Eaton in regard to running the sewer line. A petition
was read at Monday night's meeting requesting that 255 feet of sewer
line be installed at the city's expense. The line would run across
the proposed property on Limit Street to the next manhole at the
intersection of Tremont Street.
Eaton said that he would recommend
that the city consider installing a total of 960 feet that would run
along Limit Street from Keokuk to Tremont streets. This would
prevent the city from having to go back in and add on if someone
else wanted to build along that section, and it would help alleviate
some storm water problems that the area experiences now during heavy
It costs about $125 per linear foot
to run the 8-inch PVC pipes, Eaton said. As petitioned, the new line
would cost approximately $32,000. The estimated cost for the entire
area as Eaton recommends would cost about $120,000.
The petition met with reluctance to
make a commitment at this point in time. It was denied.
City attorney Bill Bates compared it
with past project requests. They have had construction plans that
included when the project would be started and finished, drawings,
and other details were in place before making their request to the
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Building inspector Les Last said the
company has made application for a building permit.
Finance committee chairman Verl
Prather said, "I'd want a lot more than that if we're going to talk
about spending $120,000."
Mayor Beth Davis said, "We're all in
favor of economic development, but looking at how this sort of
expense could boom in the future, I would like to see if they would
possibly pay some portion, such as half or one-third of their
City treasurer Les Plotner urged the
council to know where the $120,000 would be allocated from. "Are you
going to take some of that new infrastructure money?" he asked.
There are increased funds coming in from sales taxes and a
telecommunications tax that are intended for infrastructure use, but
Lincoln is trying to catch up on some road work that has been put
off for years. "You need to tie it down a little bit," he said.
Eaton was requested to communicate
the city's response to the business planners.
The city aldermen and mayor said
they are looking forward to hearing more from the representatives
and working with them as their plans develop.