Community Alert

The Dundas City Council on Monday gave final approval for Kwik Trip to replace its current location at 1910 Honeylocust St. in Northfield with a new, 9,000-square foot station within city limits.

The council signaled approval by approving final plat and development agreements for the new location, in-between Schilling Drive and Hwy. 3, with Hester Street bordering it to the north. The planned station features 10 gas pumps, two diesel truck pumps and a car wash attached to the convenience store, which will combine to take up 9,000 square feet and be larger than the current space.

The two sides went through a concept review last October, when Kwik Trip provided the Dundas Planning Commission with something close to what the final product would look like in order to gain feedback and consider potential roadblocks.

Kwik Trip is expected to purchase the property and pay to widen Schilling Drive 2 feet on each side.

“Thank you very much for having us,” Kwik Trip Real Estate Development Manager Dean George told the council prior to the vote.

After the meeting, Dundas City Councilor Larry Fowler said the current Kwik Trip on Honeylocust Street is too small, and he is excited for the move, something he said would be more convenient for customers.

Larry Fowler

Fowler

The project is slated for next spring.

In an email Tuesday morning, George described the new building as “important, because it allows us to upgrade the existing store into our new footprint. This helps us continue on with our growth strategy as well as provide better facilities for the entire area.”

“Our store has property tax impacts, will bring additional jobs to the area, and it will help drive economic activity in the city of Dundas,” George said.

In other action, the council:

Approved a contract with Abdo, Eick & Meyers to provide financial services after the recent departure of financial assistant Joe Zignego. The contract is expected to cost the city $34,613 for the rest of 2019.

In 2020, the contract will cost a little more than $65,000, and there will be 3 percent increases in 2021 and 2022. An employee at the firm will work remotely eight hours every other week. One person will be assigned as the finance director, but a team will do city payroll, reconciliation, budget and preparation work. The contract approves a one-time, $9,500 process evaluation, when the firm will ensure Dundas is using best practices and standards in its financial work.

Dundas City Administrator Jenelle Teppen said cleanup and organization is needed in the city’s day-to-day financial processes.

“It’s well worth that $9,500 to get that process underway,” she said.

Reach Associate Editor Sam Wilmes at 507-645-1115.

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