Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores will break ground June 10 in Oglesby, the city council learned Monday.
The council voted 5-0 to accept a recommendation by the design review board approving Love’s plans for a $10 million travel plaza south of Advantage Logistics and west of Interstate 39. With that vote in the bag, Love’s now has all the approval it needs to proceed with construction.
“We should be good with Love’s,” Mayor Don Finley confirmed.
Back in March, the council granted Oklahoma City-based Love’s permits needed to develop a 16-acre site expected to create 60 jobs, generate $3 million in yearly sales and $200,000 in sales taxes. The plaza, which will be larger than the Love’s in Utica by 6 acres, is targeted for opening on Thanksgiving.
Separately, the council accepted a bid package from D.J. Sickley Construction Co. to complete the final phase of its $6.6 million infrastructure overhaul.
By a 5-0 vote, the council accepted Sickley’s base bid of $1,028,579 to upgrade the wastewater treatment plant, plus an alternate bid for HVAC that brings the grand total to $1,058,577. The base bid came in lower than forecast.
More importantly, this third and final phase marks the end of a $6.6 million program that brought much-needed relief to the city’s aged and obsolete infrastructure.
“By the end of the year, most of the work will be completed,” commissioner Dennis Yborra said.
Finally, the city was advised that Buzzi Unicem will not appeal its recent tax ruling to a state body in Springfield — at least not in 2013.
As previously reported, owners of the largely idled cement plant asked the La Salle County Board of Review for a reassessment amounting to millions in tax relief. Oglesby and its various school districts would have taken a massive loss in revenue had the board granted Buzzi’s petition.
But in a March ruling, La Salle County declined to give Buzzi any such relief. Monday, Finley said he’s been advised the company has declined to appeal the ruling in Springfield.
In other business, the council:
n Announced its annual sewer credit for residents filling their swimming pools for summer use. Pool owners are asked to call city hall with pool dimensions
n Approved a tag day Oct. 12 for the Peru Lions Club, though Yborra warned this might be it for the year. Yborra previously pledged to approve no more than 10 tag days in a calendar year and this was No. 10.
n Agreed to donate $300 to Voluntary Action Center, increasing the yearly donation from $200.
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