Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, June 14, 1999

Mayer Distributing: tie vote shows opposing visions for Waverly

By Andrea Vargo

Action must be taken to deny the proposal by Mayer Distributing Company for a bulk storage facility, or it will automatically be approved, according to state law, Planning and Zoning Commissioner Adrian Duske told the Waverly City Council Tuesday.

A tie vote, due to the absence of Councilman John Hertzog, resulted in the item being tabled.

The Planning and Zoning Commission also had a tie vote that was broken by Alternate Commissioner Charles Bush, who voted nay.

So, the planning commission recommendation was to deny Mayer's business on the highway.

The council was split on the vision for the future of the highway frontage.

Councilwoman Pam Henry-Neaton and Bush voted to deny the business, concerned with its appearance along the highway entering the city.

Councilman Dave Fournier and Councilman Jerry McRaith voted to accept the business.

Fournier noted, "Waverly has a bad reputation of chasing businesses away in the past. On the other hand, we want to make (the city) look good. I have looked at other Mayer sites, and they are well kept up."

Duske was in favor of the business, as it would add land to the tax rolls.

He said, "That property doesn't belong to the city, and Mayer is purchasing it from Burlington Northern.

"The lot goes back to within 50 feet from the center line of the railroad, so Highway 12 (improvements) won't affect it. He will have plenty of room."

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