Humboldt makes way for retailer

By RICHARD LUKEN
Register Reporter

HUMBOLDT — Although it’s been a foregone conclusion for weeks, plans are officially in place to build a new Dollar General store north of town.
Humboldt City Council members were notified at their regular monthly meeting Monday that GBT Realty Corp. of Brentwood, Tenn., closed on the purchase of a parcel of property near the intersection of Ninth Street and K-224.
The Council agreed in June to buy 4.4 acres, contingent upon selling 1.4 acres to the developer.
To accommodate the project, the city announced its intentions to annex land on both sides of K-224. A resolution was approved 6-0.
The store will be on the south side of the intersection. A home on the site was torn down by city crews the latter part of last week.
City Attorney Fred Works told the Council that because one of three parcels of land the city hopes to annex is not conjoined to any city property, a special resolution was necessary from the Allen County Commission.
The matter was taken this morning to county commissioners, who did not act.
City Administrator Larry Tucker said that with the necessary infrastructure soon to be in place, including extending sewer lines to the Dollar General site, construction will begin promptly.
“They’re still hoping to have it built by the end of the year,” Tucker said.

A PROPOSAL to begin fluoridating the city’s water supply was formally dropped at Monday’s meeting, the Council’s first since Humboldt voters overwhelmingly voted against fluoridation.
More than 60 percent of the 712 mail-in ballots received were in opposition to the fluoridation issue.
Tucker noted that the election was advisory only, but that Council members had agreed previously to adhere to the election results.

COUNCIL members discussed several nuisance properties and disabled vehicles.
They approved plans to tear down a dilapidated home at 317 N. Fourth Street, and to cite the owners of a home at 718 Cherokee St. in Humboldt Municipal Court for violating nuisance ordinances and other city codes.
They gave an extension to the owners of a home at 1018 Ohio St. to continue demolition work.
Also cited to appear in Muncipal Court were owners of vehicles at 921 Mulberry St., 922 Pecan St. and 720 Cherokee St.

COUNCIL members will meet in a special meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall to discuss Community Development Block Grants for a community building and street and sidewalk improvements.
The public is invited.