SHERMAN - Representatives of a group looking to construct a Dollar General store in Sherman presented plans to the village members at a recent meeting.
DeAnna Hyche, due diligence coordinator for The Broadway Group, told board members that the store would probably generate between $60,000 and $90,000 in property and sales tax for the village. She estimated that the store would also provide two full-time and up to 10 part-time jobs in the first six months.
The Broadway Group, LLC, headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama is a commercial real estate company specializing in the planning, selection, development and construction of new retail storefronts and spaces all across the United States, according to their website.
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DeAnna Hyche and Jeff Messenger talk to the Sherman Board of Trustees about the possibility of constructing a Dollar General store in the village.
The store would be located at the corner of Morris and Osborne streets, just off of the I-86 exit, Hyche said.
In response to village clerks Jeannette Ramm's question about truck traffic, Hyche responded that the group has been working with the state department of transportation on a plan to widen Morris street. She noted that there should only be one delivery truck a week that would come during business hours.
CEI Engineering representative Alan Catchpool added that Morris Street is currently 15 feet wide on either side of the center line. The plan would be to widen this to 24 feet, he said.
"This site's a little unique for truck traffic," Catchpool said. "There's not going to be trucks going into the neighborhood."
Hyche said it takes between 90-100 days to construct a Dollar General store. "I can't give hard figures until we have received the proper permits," Hyche said. "Bidding has started for the project."
Sherman code office Jeff Messenger told board members that everything looked in order for the project. He said some residents have shared concerns with him about the project, including having a fence constructed around the store and making sure that cardboard refuse is handled properly.
"These issues from a code standpoint are not my concern, but since they were raised to me I thought I would bring them up," Messinger said.
According to its website, the first Dollar General store opened in Springfield, Kentucky on June 1, 1955. The idea of founder J.L. Turner and his son Cal Turner Sr. was to have a store where nothing would cost more than a dollar. Within two years, the company had opened 29 stores with annual sales of $5 million. As of January 2016, there are more than 12,400 Dollar General stores across the country and the corporation, now headquartered in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, has announced plans to build 1,000 more in 2017.
In other business, Sherman resident Michelle Swabik attended the meeting to voice concerns on behalf of her two sons regarding the possibility of curfew. The Sherman Chamber of Commerce has been discussing having a curfew imposed on youth in the hopes of deterring vandalism and loitering.
Chamber of Commerce representative Peter Baker, who also attended the meeting, said the group was still polling area residents regarding the issue and that nothing had been decided. "Maybe by June I will have gained a sense as to whether people want a curfew or not," he said.
Ramm also assured Swabik that, since imposing a curfew would be a legal action, the village would have to hold public meetings before making any decision. "We're not just going to have a meeting and then there's a law," she said.
Swabik also addressed the board about the Sherman Rural center for youth, regarding plans for a basketball tournament this summer. Swabik said the e vent will take place at the school. However, Swabik said, Sherman superintendent Michael Ginestre requested that the village to sign an agreement that the school would not be held liable in case a participant were injured.
Sherman deputy mayor Isaac said that a waiver of this sort would still not remove liability from the school if someone were to be injured on school property. "I'm not sure what the waiver would do," Gratto said. "If an accident happens on their property, people can still sue the schoolWe cannot take the liability off of them."
In another matter, wastewater plant manager Jay Irwin recommended that the village hold off on hiring the Laberberge Engineering company to help apply for grants to upgrade the system. Irwin said he had been informed by a representative from LaBerge that it would not be likely that the village would be successful because it has remained in compliance with state regulation.
"We're not in worse shape than we were and we're not in better shape," Irwin said. "Spending $27,000 to apply for grants at this point may be a waste."
Irwin also told board members that he has not received a response from Hill engineering regarding the village's plans to create a composting facility. "I've contacted them every week and still haven't received the rest of the report," Irwin said.
The board set spring cleanup days for Tuesday, April 18. Streets manager Doug Crane noted that the village will not pick up leaves or small twigs unless they are bagged.