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Rulli Brothers rumored to replace Sparkle in Lisbon

LISBON — Could the Sparkle Market become a Rulli Brothers supermarket?

Sparkle’s owners announced Monday the store would close Oct. 31 after 31 years, and the issue came up at this week’s village Board of Public Affairs meeting because a village sewage pump station is located on the property.

During the discussion, BPA Chairman Bill Hoover said he heard Rulli Brothers are “very interested” in the property, which is owned by the Hillyer Family trust, according to BPA member Carol Petrachkoff.

“That would be fantastic,” said Mayor Peter Wilson, who intends to contact Rulli Brothers. Although Sparkle is located just outside of village limits, Wilson believes having a full-service supermarket that serves the community is important.

Officials also wondered what would become of the state liquor store located at Sparkle, and Hoover said it is his understanding the liquor store has to remain in operation at the store until June, unless it is sold before then.

In other action at the meeting, the board agreed to spend up to $9,500 to repair a major waterline break in the area of the Community Action Rural Transit System garage on Jackson Street. Dailey Excavating will do the work for $7,000, plus an estimated $2,500 in materials.

The break occurred in the waterline that goes to the CARTS garage, which runs under Jackson Street from the west side. Rather than install a new line under the road, which would involve other utilities and cost an estimated $28,000, the BPA opted to run a new line to the CARTS garage from the existing waterline on the east side of the street.

This is the ninth waterline break the BPA has repaired over the past six weeks, bringing the total cost of the repairs to more than $20,000.

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