Iola Council approves G&W utility extension



April 6, 2017 - 12:00 AM

While not to the extent of Allen County’s or Iola Industries’ contributions, Iola city council members also will assist with construction of a new G&W Foods grocery store.
Council members voted, 5-1, Wednesday to extend utilities to the store site at the intersection of U.S. 54 and First Street — the old Allen County Hospital site — at a cost of about $38,000.
The cost to extend utilities typically is the responsibility of the developers, but the city has offered similar assistance with other development projects, Assistant City Administrator Corey Schinstock said.
Councilman Aaron Franklin voted in opposition. Council members Bob Shaughnessy and Don Becker were absent from Wednesday’s special meeting.
Earlier this week, Allen County commissioners voted to give $170,000 in cash assistance to G&W, while Iola Industries will give the company $180,000 after bids to build the store came in about $500,000 above expectations.
The cash assistance requires G&W to begin construction by May 1, have the store completed by mid-December, and hire at least 35 full- or part-time employees within the first year.

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