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9/3/2014 6:36:00 AM
Family Dollar-Dollar Tree issue shouldn't stop new store in Wenona

NT Staff

By Ron Bluemer
For the NewsTribune 

WENONA — The controversy about the bidding war between Dollar General and Family Tree stores over a possible merger with Family Dollar was raised at the city council meeting.

City Administrator Bill Simmons assured the council that plans were moving ahead with the current construction project. Simmons said the construction crew is currently in Iowa, but it is scheduled to come to Wenona this week.

There have been some delays. Last week, some of the plumbing had to be moved to a new location in the building. The Family Dollar name will not change, Simmons said. He still looks forward to an opening by Nov. 1 in spite of the financial maneuvering underway by Dollar General.



Wenona buying Peru squad car

By Ron Bluemer
For the NewsTribune 

WENONA — Wenona City Council on Monday approved the purchase of a 2011 squad car from Peru Police Department for $7,500. The Ford Crown Victoria has 90,000 miles but has been well maintained by the Peru police, the council was assured.

A similar vehicle will be available if the Wenona City Council is interested in six months. All the emergency lighting and controls are installed. Peru police decals will be removed, and Wenona police decals will be applied, with Wenona picking up the cost.

Wenona will have to provide a police radio, but officer Biagioni, who is a qualified installer of automotive electronics, has offered to install that at no charge when the Peru radio is removed.

Wenona also will be responsible for providing video and radar systems for the vehicle.

Sewer debt: The council unanimously approved an ordinance to issue a taxable general obligation bond not to exceed $525,000. The money is needed to finance and refinance water/sewer and related public infrastructure costs. Simmons said a bank has been found to buy the bond. If the deal is accepted, money can be put into the city’s funds in 10-14 days according to Simmons. Payments for the bond would come from the water department funds.

Sewer leaks: Mitch McCaw, superintendent of the water and sewer department, said an inspector had checked all the valves and hydrants for leakage and found a few problems. The inspector was completing his contract obligation, which called for such inspections every other year for six years. He has found leaks every time an inspection was made, McCaw said. The contract is up for renewal if the council is interested. A single inspection would cost $1,400. However, if the council agrees to another six-year contract the price is reduced to $1,100 per inspection, bringing the total cost to $3,300.

Sidewalk talk: Alderman Gary Sunken brought up the poor condition of the sidewalk along Main Street. Simmons was asked to inquire about the costs involved in repairing the sidewalk.

City has title: Simmons was questioned about the status of the city-owned property at 405 N. Pine St. The lawyer for the purchaser had requested a title search. Simmons said the city had already paid for this document, and a clear title was obtained. He hoped the closing on the property would take place within a week.

St. Jude Bike-a-thon: The organizers of a St. Jude Bike-a-thon requested the city to close certain designated streets for the event on Sept. 28.  Simmons said the city usually provides barricades and the organizers control the intersections.

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