A near-packed city council chambers on Monday night saw the the Dell Rapids City Council pass a variance request for Lamb Properties LLC on behalf of Casey’s General Retail Store. The request allows a variance on the footage in the front and back of the store to be built in the area of Highway 115 and West 3rd. One person spoke out against the passage during the public hearing stating that there were already two convenience/gas stations in that area (T & C Self Service and Cubby’s) and a third one added would just take business away from the existing businesses. The council then unanimously passed the variance.
Also, the council passed a resolution for the creation of a tax incremental financing district #1 for County Fair Foods. The Dell Rapids grocery store will be expanding to the area of Highway 77 and 10th Street with projection of the
multi-million dollar store to be opened before the end of 2013. Previously the Planning Commission approved the plans presented (see the webcast of that meeting on our website under the webcast link), and now that the council unanimously approved the TIF and project plan, the store will need to finalize financing for the project.
In other business, an outdoor event permit was granted for the Chamber’s upcoming Easter Egg Hunt, and an outdoor event permit for a film production crew for the last weekend in April to use the main street area for the filming of a short film. Other routine items and meeting dates were acknowledged including the convening of the Board of Equalization meeting today (March 19th).