Monmouth Council approves Fareway liquor license, discusses cargo container policy

Fareway Foods in Monmouth is close to setting an opening date and when they do they’ll be selling alcohol.

At Monday night’s city council meeting, aldermen approved the drafting of the Class 4 Liquor License ordinance, allowing the grocery store to sell packaged alcohol, by City Attorney Marcum Spears.

According to the council meeting summary, Fareway is anticipated to announce an opening date towards the end of July.

Discussion also took place regarding the owning of metal cargo containers on residential properties.

The city’s zoning department had received complaints from residents regarding the freight containers being added to some backyards, and the department seeks policy guidance from the council.

Several ideas were proposed by the zoning department, including:
• Containers may be restricted to under 200 square feet
• Containers must be placed on concrete footings
• Containers must be painted in a neutral color
• Containers must be located in the rear of the property
• Various chemical storage restrictions
• Restriction of the number of containers allowed on a property parcel

Additionally, the council approved a highway authority agreement with Casey’s General Store.

An independent environmental consultant was hired by Casey’s to inspect underground storage tanks at the South Main Street Location, leading to the discovery of a leak and potential contamination of underground soil.

Casey’s agreed that if the disturbed soil within the affected area was found to be contaminated, they would be responsible for the necessary remediation.

In other business, Aldermen were informed that the design work is currently underway for the water and sewer extensions for the Love’s Travel Stop Project as well as a new housing development project and that work was to begin on the Warren County YMCA’s new outdoor pool this week.

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