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  • Dollar General planned in northeast neighborhood

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  • The neighborhood surrounding the Yuma Avenue-Truman Road intersection in northeast Independence is slated to get a Dollar General store.
    The City Council unanimously approved a rezoning Monday for the lot at 1110 S. Yuma Avenue, as well as a portion of the north adjacent lot at 1100 S. Yuma, for an air tank storage and filling building. The rezoning is from I-1 (industrial) to C-3 (service commercial), though the 1110 S. Yuma property has never been developed, according to information provided at the meeting.
    “It’s a win-win situation; I’m excited about this,” said Council Member Curt Dougherty, whose district contains the property. “It’s in front of an industrial park that’s been dying a slow death. Maybe this will kick-start something.”
    Dougherty said the Dollar General store would provide nearby industrial workers with an easy meal possibility. A representative of the development company said Dollar General tries to seek sites that are easily accessible in areas that are underserved by the retailer’s purpose.
    Purchase of a parcel from 1100 S. Yuma is required because the lot at 1110 S. Yuma is not large enough for the proposed 9,100-square-foot store, a parking lot and the required landscaping. Approval from a minor subdivision is required before a building permit can be approved. The two lots would share an entrance to their parking lots.
    • Among the items approved from the consent agenda at Monday’s meeting were purchase orders for the Parks and Recreation Department for a new gym floor at the Sermon Center and a new playground structure at Bundschu Park.
    The new Sermon Center gym floor, from Empire Today, will cost nearly $69,300, though that cost is less than other vendors quoted after inspecting the floor, according to provided information. The Sermon Center has made several improvements the past few years, and the gym floor is approximately 15 years old and riddled with tears and holes.
    The Bundschu Park playground structure will cost $71,293 and replaces the equipment that was damaged beyond repair by vandalism in May. According to provided information, the playground’s color scheme was determined by community vote via Facebook, and many neighborhood residents and organizations have expressed interest in conducting a community build day under the direction of a certified installer from GameTime, the company producing the equipment.
    “It’s unfortunate we have to spend this money,” said Council Member Marcie Gragg, who represents the district where Bundschu Park is located. “It’s with sadness to I say approve this.”
    Gragg also implored residents to keep their ears open for possible clues about the unsolved vandalism.
    • The Council passed an amendment to the City Code related to the Truman Award Commission. Mayor Eileen Weir proposed the amendment, which adds two members to the commission (from 6 to 8), both of whom will be appointed by the Council. The amendment also changed appointments to require a simple majority rather than at least five Council members, removed unnecessary language related to the initial commission members and added that Council may waive the city residency requirement for two members of the commission.
    Page 2 of 2 - Weir said a number of people have expressed interest in serving on the commission, which also includes the city’s mayor and the director of the Truman Library.
    “We take great pride in presenting the award,” Weir said. “The greater number of people we have in making this selection, the better to ensure the best possible candidate.”
    • The Council had its first reading Monday for the levying property taxes subject to Jan. 1. The public hearing will be next Monday, since late additional information from the state auditor’s office prevented city staff from issuing a public notice in time to have the public hearing this week.
    The recommended tax levy rates (per $100 of valuation) are: $0.5005 for general revenue (increased from 0.4998 last year), $0.2357 for public health and recreation (0.2354 last year) and $0.561 for the Independence Square Special Business Benefit District (0.5324 last year). The increases resulted from the decrease in assessed property valuations.

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