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BOYCEVILLE — The Village Board took action at their regular monthly meeting Monday, February 10th to rezone a piece of property to allow Dollar General to construct a new store building along State Highway 79 on the north side of the Village.
The board also heard about the need to resurface the runway at the airport.
Village Board President Gib Krueger opened the public hearing at the advertised time of 6:30 p.m. to hear local citizens’ comments about changing the zoning of the property from Ag 1 (Agricultural) to B1 (Business/Commercial).
Sharon and Carrol Wyss, owners of the property, informed the board “that it might not happen.” They noted to the board that they had been on the phone all day with Dollar General about some discrepancy in the sale contract. Two representatives of the firm that will be constructing the building were in attendance at the meeting and were unaware of problems with the agreement and noted that the village board meeting was not the place to get it ironed out and suggested, “that it was a problem that can be worked out between the lawyers.”
The board, after some discussion, about the rezoning, site plan and utility construction approved the re-zoning, site plan, a Certified Survey Map, and the building permit for the Dollar General sign. Board member Brad Stevens questioned the rest of the board by saying, “we approved the site plan, was not the sign on that plan?” The board learned that the new store would be 9,100 square feet and have 31 parking stalls.
Airport Runway Resurfacing
Joel Timblin, the Boyceville Airport Manager appeared before the Village board to discuss the proposed resurfacing of the runway. “We have outlived the life expectancy of the runway,” he told the board. Timblin also informed the board that he had met with people from the Federal Aviation Agency about the work and noted that he felt that the airport was in compliance with the federal rules to receive federal funds for the project. “We might need to trim some trees,” he informed the board.
The project will require the grinding of the present runway and a new base with four inches of new blacktop. He placed the estimated cost of the project at $1.5 million with the village having to pay five percent of the project, which is $75,000.
Village President Krueger questioned Timblin about what is going on at the airport. He informed the board about a program that involved school students being trained to get their pilots license and that with the help of BEST and the Airport Booster Club the training would become part of the High School Curriculum. He said the school and the Booster Club would be funding the project, noting that they have fund raising activaties ongoing with a goal of $10,000.
Timblin noted that the Booster Club has been very active and is currently meeting in a hanger, because they have outgrown their former meeting room. He also informed the board that his business, High Road Aviation, has added one full-time and two part-time employees, and has work booked for the next 15 to 18 months.
In other action the board heard from Erik Evenson of MSA Professional Services about projects in the village and noted that the company that is tearing down the old feed mill should be at work this week and finish the project within a couple of weeks.
Evenson said they will have bids ready for the board to approve at their March meeting for the utility extension along Highway 79, to serve the new Dollar General Store.
Evenson told the board that he was excited about the aviation curriculum at the school.
The village board adopted a resolution regarding fire re-inspection fees, and approved on a 6 to 1 vote, spending $3,987 for