The float for the upcoming Independence Day Celebration was just one of many which made its way through town Saturday, the parade lasting near an hour.Photo by Joseph Back.
Fireworks coming to Chapman this July 2 after Council approves needed picnic license

Annexation and rezoning for coming Northside Elevator operation approved after Monday public hearing

The Independence Day celebration is on this July 2 at Chapman Park, the Council giving its consent Mon – day night with a motion by Laurie Foster seconded by Holly Kitchell. The Council chamber, which saw just three members present in body, was augmented by the dial in of Jason Meyer and Kitchell to make quorum, without which ocial business could not have been transact ed. Present in the chamber were Mark Fitzsimmons, Kevin Hendrickson and Laurie Foster, along with mayor Al Haas and clerk Nicole Thiel.

As to the Independence Day celebrations set for July 2 and starting early at 2 p.m. it will including more than just fireworks, including a corn hole tour – CELEBRATION

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nament, DJ, and kids games. As to the fireworks display area it will be at Fandry Park, fenced ou with a safety fence, while food, water, and beer along with parking will be available in and about the area around the Stanley Community Center at Chapman, parking also available by the Chapman Park baseball fields.

As to getting there, Fourth Avenue itself will be closed along the south end of Chap- man Lake, making the best route to seating for fireworks viewers West 8th Avenue, if coming from town. Should you be coming from out of town to see the show the best means in will be to travel eastbound on County O towards Chapman Park from Boyd. Additional parking will be available south of County O where the

Truck Pull parking takes place Also taking place Monday for Council news was the rezoning of land set to host Northside Elevator in the City's West Industrial Park. The rezoning after 7 p.m. followed a public hearing before the Plan Commission that started at 5:30 p.m., in which nearby residents were heard to raise various concerns, including whether the public hearing could actually change anything or if—more implied than stated—it was a ‘done deal.’ It was made known that the contract be- tween Northside and the City was dependent on rezoning, though not everyone was impressed with this answer.

"Do any of you guys live near the site?" Robert Constantine asked Plan Commission members of the impact to be felt, with farmer Joe Tiry expressing concerns over nitrates and possible water source contamination. Nitrates are a common fertilizer for field crops which can also cause health problems in high quantity.

Tiry wanted monitoring wells installed around the site such that it could be known if a nitrate problem developed.

Seeking to answer resident concerns, Northside Elevator director of operations Dean Schiller said the Loyal-based firm wanted to be a good neighbor, with mayor Haas chipping in that after working 18 years in a feed mill and touring the Loyal operation, "I wish I worked in that plant," he said of how clean it was.

In addition and responding to resident con- cerns, Schiller said that Northside contracted for rodent control and that loading and unloading operations would take place mostly indoors, a rail line leading to the plant.

Speaking of which, the rail line in is one of three plant parts scheduled for constructions this year, the other two being a 20,000 square foot warehouse and a fertilizer plant. Schiller said the operation would work in conjunction with the farm schedule, fertilizers made for diuerent

soil type, and that he had been to a Delmar town meeting to answer questions regarding an annexation to the City of Stanley for the site.

The Council acting in its regular meeting session later approved the Plan Commission's recommendations to annex part of Delmar for the site as well as a conditional use permit related to construction.

Back in town and during public comment, meanwhile, resident Gary Krueger had heard enough of another development project.

"I'll believe it when I see it," he said of long-standing dirt piles (currently five) on the site of the former Dodge School, since redevel oped into duplexes. Council members informed Kreuger that site developer Travis Krizan had been given until June 30 to remove said piles, with removal previously awaiting blacktop, which had just gone in. Kreuger raising concerns about seeding and lawn care.

"Those seeds travel," he said of uncultivated plant life on the dirt piles.

June 22, 2022