VANDALIA — The Vandalia City Council heard a proposal Monday evening that, if approved, would change the corner of National and Helke Roads.
True North Energy, doing business as the True North Shell station, would like to take over the abandoned Friendly’s restaurant location and build a larger, 4,200 square foot store that would span both lots. Representatives of the company made a presentation at the Council’s study session on Monday.
The proposal faces hurdles, however, as the City Council will be asked to grant a variance to the City Code that reqires a gas station to be a minimum of 200 feet from residential housing.
The existing store is currently within 150 feet of residential property, but the closest gasoline dispenser is 209 feet from residences. The new store would reduce that to 203 feet.
“Without a variance, no redevelopment of the True North site is possible,” wrote Rick Turner of Diamond Z Engineering in the application for the variance.
The Board of Zoning Appeals voted 4-0 to recommend council deny the variance at its February 24 meeting. A second variance, to allow an additional curb cut, was recommended for approval only if Council approves the distance variance.
The matter is expected to come before the City Council for a vote on March 21.
During their regular meeting, the Council approved a bid for the purchase and installation of equipment on three new police vehicles at a price of $28,307. The equipment will be bought from K.E. Rose Company.
Video of the regular meeting can be found here:
Those vehicles will also be equipped with in-car cameras purchased from CDW-Government, Inc. though a national purchasing contract for $10,344.
In other action, the Council:
- Approved the purchase of a Toro Greenmaster from Century Equipment of Cincinnati at the state contract price of $28,719.27 and declared a 2003 Toro as surplus property;
- Authorized City Manager Jon Crusey to contract with Pace Analytical Services for EPA testing of sanitary sewer discharge and bacteria testing of drinking water;
- Approved a resolution to cooperate and sign contracts with the Ohio Department of Transportation for resurfacing of US 40. The project is expected to be performed in the second half of 2019;
- Rezoned properties at 131, 139, and 209 S. Dixie (Morton & Whetstone Funeral Home and residences) to Office/Residential with a planned unit development overlay and re-platted 1.164 acres of land. The property is currently legal non-conforming to its Residential Multi-Family zoning. The rezoning will bring it into conformance with the Zoning Code and allow Morton & Whetstone to expand parking by 23-30 places. The re-zoning was unanimously recommended for approval by the Planning Commission at its January 12 meeting.
The Vandalia City Council will hold its next regular meeting on Monday, March 21 at 7 p.m. A study session will be held immediately prior to the meeting at a time to be announced.