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Same-page rule kills petitions

December 16, 2010 in The Daily Republic

Incorrectly prepared petitions were the downfall of an effort to place a zoning change on the ballot, according to the man who organized the signature-gathering work.
A group of local residents gathered about 600 signatures to force a vote on a zoning change that could allow the owners of a convenience store at the corner of First Avenue and Foster Street to apply for alcohol licenses and, eventually, video lottery. Continue Reading

Mitchell C-store zoning won’t go to election

December 14, 2010 in The Daily Republic

There will be no public vote on the zoning of a controversial new Mitchell convenience store, according to City Finance Officer Marilyn Wilson.
Petitions aimed at forcing an election were turned in Tuesday, the deadline day, but something was amiss.
“The format of the petitions isn’t correct,” Wilson said. She declined to elaborate until an official review of the petitions is completed. Continue Reading

Deadline is today for C-store petitions

December 14, 2010 in The Daily Republic

Today is the deadline.
Opponents of a zoning change that could allow a Mitchell convenience store to sell alcohol have until 5 p.m. to submit petitions forcing a public vote on the issue.
They need to turn in 490 valid signatures from registered voters in the city to place the issue on the ballot, according to Finance Officer Marilyn Wilson. That is 5 percent of the registered voters in the city. Continue Reading

C-store opponents say they have 400 signatures

December 9, 2010 in The Daily Republic

Opponents of a zoning change that would allow the owners of a Mitchell convenience store to sell alcohol are still trying to place the issue on the ballot and have reportedly collected hundreds of signatures.
Ray Borgen and Rollie Loon, who were among the strongest opponents of a zoning change for the store being built at the corner of Foster Street and First Avenue, are leading a petition drive.
They must collect signatures from about 500 registered voters in Mitchell to put the matter to a vote of the people, according to Finance Officer Marilyn Wilson. That is 5 percent of the registered voters in the city. Continue Reading

Deadline set for opponents to force vote on C-store

November 24, 2010 in The Daily Republic

Opponents of allowing a soon-to-be-opened convenience store to potentially sell beer now have a deadline if they want to put the issue to a vote.
Mitchell Finance Officer Marilyn Wilson said Tuesday that petitions to force a public vote on the issue have to be submitted by 5 p.m. Dec. 14. The issue is the City Council’s decision to change the zoning for the store at the corner of Foster Street and East First Avenue. The zoning change opens the door to potential beer sales at the location. Continue Reading

Council will allow beer sales at C-store

November 16, 2010 in The Daily Republic

The owners of the convenience store being built at the corner of East First Avenue and Foster Street said it will be open for business in about a month.
And they intend to sell off-sale beer after the Mitchell City Council rejected the advice of the Planning and Zoning Commission and altered the zoning of the site, which will allow them to do so.
“We’re going down now to lay tile,” said Robin Ackman, one of three partners in the development. “Tell people we’ll be open before Christmas.” Continue Reading

Developers say they’re surprised by opposition

November 15, 2010 in The Daily Republic

Greg Lyman, Robin Ackman and Doug Backlund said all they wanted to do was start a new business in Mitchell.
But the business partners have become embroiled in a lengthy political struggle in their effort to open a convenience store at the corner of Foster Street and First Avenue. So far, the Planning and Zoning Commission has twice rejected requests for zoning changes that would allow the business to sell beer. Continue Reading