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Lisbon approves one convenience center, delays another

 Town of Lisbon - Plan Commission members had sharply different reactions to two separate proposals for a gas station/convenience store/ carwash in the town.

A proposal for a Kwik Trip located near the intersection of Highway 74 and Town Line Road was warmly received and won recommendation for approval by the Town Board.

"I am happy to see you are making this proposal. I look foward to it being approved. It is a great location," said Matt Gehrke, who is chairman of the both the Town Board and the Plan Commission.

Commissioner Ed Nelson predicted there would be little controversary about the Kwik Trip because there were no nearby residential neighbors, it was located in a business district next to a railroad track, and it would be the first business to be located in a new town commercial and industrial park.

Earlier Nelson made a much different prediction about a proposed gas station/convience store/ car wash and restuarant located at the intersection of Hwy. 164 and Q.

He noted neighbors living across the road were objecting to it. He added it was located near a round about which would restricted truck access in and out of the gas station that also would serve diesel fuel and questions were being raised about the car washes impact on water quanity and quality in the neighborhood.

"This  operation is a big industrial size gas station  like you would find at a interstate interchange. I would have a hard time swallowing this," Nelson said.

Gehrke rattled off a litany of issues and additional information that he said the developers will have to address before there is any hope of the project being approved. The commission tabled consideration of the proposal until next month.

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