Wellman approves annexation for Dollar General

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The Wellman City Council voted Sept. 8 to approve an application for annexation submitted by a Dollar General store that plans to locate near the city.

The council’s action followed a public hearing on the annexation resolution. No one from the public was present to give any comments.

The company intends to build a store on a 1.37-acre site located at the intersection of Highway 22 and 1st Avenue Southeast.

Wellman mayor Ryan Miller said the affirmative vote was not necessarily an indication of favor for the business, but rather the council’s recognition that the store was going to be built on the site and that it was in the best interests of the city to approve the annexation of the property.

City Administrator Kelly Litwiller said the economic benefits of annexation for Wellman would include the collection of property taxes, water, and sewer revenues and a share in the local option taxes collected by the county and redistributed to the cities.

The business would pay its own expenses to hook into existing water and sewer lines.

In other business, the council approved the purchase of a wastewater flow meter for $4,200 plus $2,000 for wiring and installation and $2,800 for the acquisition of seven cameras for South Park and the city water plant.

The cameras will be installed so that they monitor both the park and city plant. Council members said they hoped the cameras would deter vandalism in the park.

Council members also approved a new lease that would provide office staff with an upgrade from its current copier.

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