Commission re-elects chair and vice chair

By Sheryl Roadcap -

SIDNEY — The Sidney City Planning Commission re-elected Tom Ehler as the commission chair and David Gross as the vice chair during Monday’s meeting.

Ehler has served on the commission since 1982, and as chairperson since at least 2000. Gross has served on the commission since 1992, and as the vice chairperson since at least 2005. The exact date Ehler and Gross became board chair and vice chair is uncertain.

In other business, the commission voted to recommend for City Council to approve a replat to create two new lots southeast of the intersection of Fair Road and Vandemark Road in the community business and general industrial districts.

Barbara Dulworth, community services director, said the purpose of the replat is to develop an interstate travel stop that will include a gas station, convenience store, restaurant, tire store, truck scales, and semitrailer parking for Love’s Travel Stops and Country Stores. The property is owned by Charles Cole, of Loveland, and is currently used for crop farming.

Commission Board member Merrill Asher asked if the replat separating the land was not granted would Love’s Travel Stops still come to Sidney.

Chad Bruner, representative for Love’s Travel Stops, told the commission the request for the lot split is because it a real estate transaction in which they are taking ownership of the north lot, and Cole will retain the south lot. They wish to develop the business upon the top lot.

By Sheryl Roadcap

Reach the writer at 937-538-4823.

Reach the writer at 937-538-4823.