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Sycamore to weigh adding a Casey’s store

Published: Monday, Oct. 15, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

SYCAMORE – A Casey’s General Store and gas station could be on the way to Sycamore as the City Council is set to consider a proposed site at the northeast corner of Plank Road and Route 23.

The location, which would be kitty-corner from the Jewel-Osco along Peace Road, is an ideal place for a gas station, said Sycamore Mayor Ken Mundy, who recalled that Jewel considered adding a gas station on its location when its representatives first approached the city.

For travelers headed east down Plank Road or north on Route 23, Mundy said, there are no gas stations until Burlington or Genoa, respectively.

“There is more activity out there and having a gas station could be good for some other retail that may look at the area,” Mundy said.

Alderman Chuck Stowe, who also serves on the Sycamore Plan Commission, said the commission approved the site 10-0 for the same reasons Mundy expressed and believed the council would also seize the opportunity to bring in a new business.

“It is good to see business come in at any time,” Stowe said. “And that area is underserved in that [gas station] market.”

The location would have entrance points off Route 23 and Plank Road, according to initial designs.

The council also will consider increasing a variety of fees for city offenses, many of which have not been updated since 1988. Proposed increases include bumping marijuana and drug penalties to $250 for first offense and $500 for subsequent violations, increasing parking fines from $10 to $20, increasing pedestrian violations from $1 to $20 and bicycle violations from $10 to $20.

Mundy said the proposals are a way to deter second offenses and get the attention of offenders on the first violation.

“Those $1, $5 and $10 fines have been around a long time and because they are so small, they don’t command a lot of attention,” he said. “If you want to get people’s attention sometimes you have to get in their pocketbook a little.”

In addition to updating existing fines, the city could also implement a new set of penalties for bars and clubs that operate video gaming machines. Although the state is charged with regulating gambling, the city could add its own ordinances to assure compliance.

The proposed fees would require establishments to pay $100 a terminal for an annual license and implement a $250 fine if a minor operates a machine and a $500 fine for subsequent offenses.

If you go

What: Sycamore City Council meeting

Where: Sycamore City Center, 308 W.State St.

When: 7 p.m. today

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