Council OKs zoning for new Family Dollar store

Village Council Wednesday night approved zoning variances to allow for a building project that will bring a Family Dollar to the village.

Council approved three variances regarding frontage, setback from adjacent buildings and parking space so that Family Dollar can continue with a $480,000 project that will include tearing down the old IGA building and constructing a new 8,320-square foot facility. Zoning Inspector John Rydarowicz said the variances have already been approved by the planning commission and none of the neighboring property owners have expressed opposition.

There is no timetable set for the project, Rydarowicz said.

Although mostly minor adjustments, one of the variances will allow for 15 feet of landscaping between Hazel Street and easement.

In other business council approved the hire of Chris Wright and Dalton Hephner as firefighters and Seth Randolph as EMT, as well as the purchase of a Jaws of Life for the fire department at $6,175 and a desktop computer for the EMS department for $1,834.

Council also agreed to have the old wooden playground equipment at Wick Park torn down due to deterioration and to look into replacing it; move forward with seeking an intern to assist with the village’s economic development; and set the Artisan’s Festival for Sept. 21 in Wick Park.

Also at the meeting, council agreed to purchase four new waste bins for Wick Park and have them cast at Quaker City Septic Tank. The three remaining usable bins will be moved to the coke ovens and the baseball field.

Village Administrator Gary Phillips requested residents to move their vehicles off streets with curbing to accommodate street cleaning today.

Residents are also being reminded to return LMI surveys that have been mailed out. The surveys help in securing grant funding for projects, specifically the aeration system council is seeking for the village’s underground water reservoir to help reduce disinfection byproducts through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. Public hearings to apply for the CDBG program will be held at 6:45 p.m. June 4 and 6:30 p.m. June 18 at village hall.

The next regular council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. June 4 at village hall, preceded by a Water/Sewer Committee meeting at 6 p.m.