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Morrill Board approves Dollar
General zoning change request
MORRILL – Morrill is a step closer to getting a Dollar General.
The Village Board voted 3-2 last Tuesday to rezone the property, located just north of the Oak Tree Inn, as a commercial property. Now, Dollar General will begin drawing plans for infrastructure including water, sewer and electric.
The community is roughly split on the national retail outlet coming to Morrill, with some fearing that the town will lose D-L Foods, its only grocery store.
But Morrill Village Board Chairman Tony Schuler said the grocery store should be fine despite the added competition.
“We’re not going to lose our grocery store,” he said.
Schuler said any new business in Morrill will bring in sales tax revenue and revenue from water and electric fees.
“Why would you want to refuse a business that wants to open in town?” Schuler asked. “We support all businesses coming to town.
“If you refuse one business, you might as well refuse them all.”
Schuler said a groundbreaking date has yet to be set. Dollar General will have to survey the property and begin drawing plans for the new building.
At a Morrill Planning Commission meeting, D-L foods owner Chris Donnelson said he is worried that the increased competition from Dollar General will hurt his business. He said his local business is how he supports his family.
Donnelson was not successfully reached by phone by the publication of this story.
The grocery store’s website touts its contributions to the community and states that money spent at D-L Foods remains in the local economy.
Mitchell Care Center committee meeting set for this Thursday
MITCHELL – The Mitchell Care Center Committee will meet Thursday to discuss drafting a new contract with Rural Health Development Inc., the company that manages the care center.
City officials contend that the 20-year-old contract doesn’t have strong enough teeth to hold the care center accountable say that it also only benefits RHD, not the city.
Mitchell City Administrator Jeff Sprock said he hopes a new contract will be drafted by the end of the summer.
Sprock added that he would like to a subcommittee formed to deal specifically with the contract.
In addition to the new contract, Sprock said the city is considering refinancing the care center’s bond payment. Currently, the city will have to pay $175,000 this year and another $185,000 next year to complete the payments.
Sprock said the city will not be able to afford next year’s payments under the current payment schedule. If the city refinances for a five-year plan, Sprock said it will be able to afford payments.
The city would pay about $80,000 per year over five years.
Committee members will meet at 6 p.m. at the city offices.
Mitchell Chamber, City of Mitchell plan
joint meeting Monday
MITCHELL – Mitchell officials and the Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce are seeking public input on how to revitalize a struggling economy, specifically, downtown Mitchell.
Mitchell Area Chamber of Commerce President Shane Reinpold said the meeting, scheduled for Monday at 6:30 p.m., is a chance for community members to offer their opinions and work together to bring more business to town.
City Administrator Jeff Sprock echoed Reinpold.
Sprock said the city has been struggling for a number of years, and the meeting will give citizens an opportunity to offer their suggestions.
It is also a good way to find volunteers who may want to serve on committees.
Sprock said a number of buildings downtown are setting empty or are being used for storage.
The meeting will also include discussion pertaining to the city’s roads and infrastructure improvement.
Sprock added that he expects the meeting to be positive, and hopes any criticism is constructive.
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