The Store to expand fuel pump island
By Ben Rodgers
The Manawa Common Council agreed to permanently close a portion of Inn Street at its monthly meeting on Monday, June 19.
The official motion asked for the city of Manawa to discontinue a portion of Inn Street.
The Store, located at 430 S. Bridge St., will expand the diesel fuel pump island to better service vehicles. In order to expand the fuel pump island will jut into the current eastbound lane of Inn Street.
“We aren’t planning on having semis in there because we can’t fuel them coming off of (State Highway) 22,” said Jerry Wiessinger, commercial development representative for Team Schierl Companies, which operates The Store. “Basically it’s just for single units or contractors with pickups or single trailers.”
He also said that school buses, fire trucks or municipal vehicles will also have an easier time filling up at the location.
Inn Street separates the convenience store/service station from Team Schierl’s parking lot at 414 S. Bridge Street.
Store employees would park in the completed lot, but on the far north side, Wiessinger said.
Traffic would still be able to get through that way but what is currently the east part of Inn Street will be considered a parking lot on private property.
“Right now there is a sanitary sewer down the center of Main from Mill Street to the west. It ends approximately in the center of that side of the building,” said Dennis Steigenberger, consulting engineer with Cedar Corporation. “What it doesn’t have, and we discussed that previously, it doesn’t have a manhole.
“The pipe in there is clay tile, probably done in (the) 1940s when the original sewer system was put it,” Steigenberger said. “We had it televised, there’s nothing wrong with it. To make code it should have a manhole installed at the end of the line and if you do go ahead with vacating the entire right away that runs parallel to The Store’s property you would need an easement for your utility line up until where it stops.”
All costs associated with the street closure and the development of the project will be the responsibility of Team Schierl Companies, said mayor John Smith.
“They will work with the city and Cedar Corp., and the city engineers. The city engineers will probably point them in the right direction so the consistency of the work remains the same,” Smith said after the meeting.
This would include a manhole to bring the project up to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources codes. However, Smith said the clay tile pile will probably remain.
“I would assume that the clay tile will remain the same. Again, that’s probably going to be up to the contractor who comes in, but seeing how Dennis said there was nothing wrong with it, it will probably stay the same,” he said.
Solarus does own a fiber optic cable and had no issues with the project, as long as an easement remains on 5 feet of each side of the cable, said Jamey Lysne, director of operations with Solarus.
The motion passed unanimously.