Zoning change requested for construction of Dollar General Store in Monona

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Fran Passmore was sworn in as Monona mayor Sept. 19. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

By Audrey Posten, North Iowa Times Editor

Overland Engineering, LLC, on behalf of RSBR Investments, LLC, has requested that the city of Monona rezone property in the Gordon Subdivision, along Highway 18/52, from R-2 residential to C-1A commercial to allow construction and operation of a Dollar General retail store on the property.

The property would include three lots located between the highway and several homes along Darby Drive, near Garden View Senior Community.

“Dollar General has sent in all the paperwork,” said city administrator Dan Canton, addressing the council at its Sept. 19 meeting.

He said the planning and zoning commission would meet Tuesday night to set a date for sometime during the week of Oct. 3 to hold a public hearing and make a recommendation to the council regarding the request.

The council would then, in turn, hold a public hearing to listen to citizen comments and concerns. That will likely take place during the council’s regular Oct. 17 meeting, Canton said. The council will then take action.

“There will be plenty of opportunities for the public to share their opinions,” Canton noted.

Dollar General has been interested in constructing a store in the community for several years, and had settled on a site along Highway 18/52, next to Fisk Farm and Home and the Davis Street Car Wash. However, the company abandoned the idea when it could not secure direct access off the highway.

Phase II sanitary sewer project

The council granted a request for an extension of work days to Eastern Iowa Excavating, one of the contractors for the city’s phase II sanitary sewer improvements.

The extension is for one of Eastern Iowa Excavating’s sub-contractors, Municipal Pipe and Tool, which was to have completed pipe lining by Oct. 2. The company has not even started yet.

Earlier this summer, Municipal Pipe and Tool claimed their equipment could not fit through the narrowness of the manhole chimneys, preventing them from lining the pipes. However, the company never fulfilled the city’s request to visit Monona and verify, in person, if that would be the case. Work start dates have also been put off.

Canton said Municipal Pipe and Tool now plans to have two crews in Monona Oct. 3. The council agreed to give them until Oct. 21 to have the work completed, or liquidated damages will revert back to the original Oct. 2 completion date.

Passmore sworn in

Fran Passmore was officially sworn in as Monona mayor at the start of the meeting. She was appointed by the council at its Sept. 6 meeting, replacing Barb Collins, who resigned to become Monona’s deputy clerk.

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