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  • Council hears plan for a large convenience store

  • Harrisburg City Council heard plans for a new large convenient store that may locate at the intersection of state Route 13 and Commercial Street.
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  • Harrisburg City Council heard plans for a new large convenient store that may locate at the intersection of state Route 13 and Commercial Street.
    The lot in question contains a vacant building, strip mall that houses Domino's Pizza and a storage unit.
    Lisa Wortman and John Wortman of Wortman-Meyer Properties of Effingham said their company owns 25 convenient stores. The business would operate as Mach 1 and would include the existing fast food company — presumably Domino's.
    "It's not a truck stop per se, but it will have a canopy for large truck fueling," Lisa Wortman said.
    Other Mach 1 stations are in Fairfield and Flora.
    The two want to buy the lot at a cost of $950,000 if the city is willing to offer them a tax incentive of 1/4 of 1 percent of sales tax money rebated to the company for 10 years.
    "We're looking for the City of Harrisburg to put us over the line and we can," John Wortman said.
    The two expect to be able to offer 15 full-time equivalent jobs at the station, plus five or six part-time jobs at the fast food business.
    Street Commissioner Ron Fearheiley expressed concern about the end of Locust Street that extends east of Commercial Street. He said it would take significant work to improve that street for it to withstand heavy truck traffic.
    Fearheiley asked engineer Mike Roberts of Brown and Roberts to investigate improving the street and to present council with a cost estimate.
    Wortman said if the company decides to pursue the business it would take about 120 days from demolition to opening date.
    They estimate the company could make $8.8 million annually in Harrisburg, Wortman said.
    During the meeting:
    Mayor Eric Gregg said a change to the city's liquor ordinance is not complete and anticipates presenting it to council during the Feb. 7 meeting.
    Gregg got council's permission to use the city's credit card to purchase gas on a trip to Springfield Friday to pick up three surplus High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles — commonly known as Humvees. He said the vehicles would be used by city departments only in emergency situations such as during times of flooding. They come at no cost to the city through the Law Enforcement Surplus Organization of which the Harrisburg Police Department is a member. The city has acquired two dump trucks through the program and a Humvee for the police department.
    Council named Carolyn Henshaw Citizen of the Month for her years of devotion serving on the Saline County Housing Authority Board of Directors and for having served the Harrisburg school system for 29 years.
    Council named Old National Bank represented by Herb Klickner and Jason Cook Business of the Month based on the bank's help to the city in the aftermath of the Feb. 29 tornado and for providing a space for the city's tornado memorial.
    Page 2 of 2 - Council approved a bid of $104,925 of Mott Excavating for the sewage pumping station replacement on Bauman Street.
    Council gave approval to pursue legal measures as part of the process leading to eventual demolition of properties at 103 E. O'Gara St., 112 E. South St. and 107 E. South St.
    Council hired Terry Jenkins as deputy treasurer effective Feb. 4.
    Commissioner John McPeek said the city — through grant administrator Roy Adams — is accepting applications for houses of the disabled to be renovated. Such renovations may include a wheelchair ramp being built. The work is funded through a $100,000 federal CDAP grant. Those interested may call City Hall or Adams at 713-8409.
    Water Superintendent asked people who see water leaks to notify him at the water office.
    Council voted to keep all executive session minutes closed and took no action on litigation or contract negotiations.
    Council voted to pursue acquisition of a property known as No. 1 FEMA Project — formerly Smugglers — that was flooded out in 2011. The Federal Emergency Management Agency pays for the property, the city takes control of it and demolishes the building.
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