Proposed gas station in Lexington is referred to planning commission
LEXINGTON — The application for a proposed new gas station and convenience store goes to the village planning commission.
Lexington Village Council voted on Monday for the planning commission to reconsider Englefield Oil Co’s request.
Council has scheduled a meeting for 7:00 p.m. on March 16 at the Depot to allow members of the public to attend.
At the last council meeting two weeks ago, Englefield’s request to build the gas station/convenience store at 15 E. Main St. died when no one seconded the motion.
The planning commission had recommended approval at its meeting last month.
“They will review the applicable standards again and take everything into consideration,” Mayor Brian White said.
Written statement of facts, conclusions requested
The mayor said the council wanted a written statement of facts and conclusions rather than just a recommendation.
The council voted on the measure after a 30-minute executive session on Monday evening. Members also voted to retain Cincinnati attorney Kathy Ryan. The property is zoned for the central business district.
“She can advise the planning commission on the findings of the law,” White said.
Three Englefield representatives attended Monday’s town hall meeting.
Some residents objected to the idea of having a second gas station downtown. Traffic is another concern.
Englefield hopes to build on the former East of Chicago plaza next to the Nickel & Bean cafe.
Council presents detailed plan
In another matter, the council gave its stamp of approval to Leverage Lexington, a comprehensive 2035 plan.
“It is to be used as a guide for all committees and boards and is to be reviewed annually,” said board chairman Bob Jarvis.
Councilor Jeff O’Brien said, “I just want to say it’s wonderful. Kudos to whoever produced it.”
White added, “The community produced it.”
Village officials sent out a survey and held public workshops to get public feedback. The last time Lexington released an overall plan was in 1996.
Copies of Leverage Lexington are available from the village office or on the website.
In response to residents’ concerns, village staff are posting the meetings on the front page of the website. A copy of the board’s agenda was also available, along with an updated calendar.
The council also voted to purchase a new police cruiser for $37,744. It will be a hybrid Ford Explorer.
“We’re late in the game now,” Police Chief Brett Pauley said. “We should have done this a month ago.”
Councilman Adam Gongwer asked if the village could use American Rescue Plan Act money for the purchase.
“I think there’s potential,” White said.
Lexington Named Tree City USA for 37th Consecutive Year
In his report, Village Administrator Andy Smallstey noted that Lexington was awarded Tree City USA status for the 37th consecutive year. The village will recognize the accomplishment during its Arbor Day celebration in the spring.
Smallstey said he would contract with Reilly Sweeping to set up street sweeping for the year. He said the second and third sweeps will take place earlier this year than normal.
The schedule will include sweeps in early May, late June and mid-August.
Additionally, Smallstey told the council that the traffic light in the plaza was hit by a truck carrying an oversized load on February 8.
“We made emergency repairs and purchased parts to get the light working again,” Smallstey said. “We will have to invest more in a new unit that will eliminate a short circuit that occurs because of the damage.”
The village will request money from the trucking company responsible for the damage.