By Charlie Feldman
The city of Highland took several actions to pave the way for a proposed new truck stop at its Monday, December 6 meeting.
It approved a special use permit for a truck stop at 2210, 2250 and 2272 Veterans Honor Parkway and rezoned those parcels of land to Industrial so they would be within that zoning district.
The preliminary and final plats of this land, to be called Tut Industrial Park, were also given the green light. The platting process was necessary to combine the three parcels into one.
The truck stop would have a convenience store gas station and a separate diesel island as well as 10 electric car charging stations.
The city also annexed 21.22 acres of nearby agricultural land owned by the developer, Tut Properties, as industrial for future development. There are no specific uses for it in the proposal, according to the developer, but he has intentions for an industrial park for commercial and light industrial uses, according to his request to Building and Zoning.
There are several more steps to go before the proposed station can become a reality.
It also granted a request by the Madison County Fair and Highland Speedway to stay open an extra hour if needed on the night of the July 9 Summer Nationals event and on other Saturday nights from Memorial Day through Labor Day with the intent not to use them unless needed.
The city allocated $3,500 from the hotel/motel tax budget funds to the Highland Optimist Club for the 2022 Highland Optimist Shoot-out high school basketball event. Club member Rick Ringwald said teams from Philadelphia, St. Louis and the Chicago area with some of the top student players in the country will there. “In total, we have four of the five top sophomores in the state of Illinois and I think this is the first year we’ve ever had it where we have the number one freshman in the state of Illinois, the number one sophomore in the state of Illinois, the number one junior in the state of Illinois and the number one senior in the state of Illinois,” he said.
Changes to the amount requested for the police pension fund on the tax levy was discussed. The estimated tax levy was approved at the November 15 meeting, and the final version will be up for a vote on December 20
The city approved a change order, final and balancing, for work on the Broadway and Zschokke Street Parking Lot, across from City Hall, at an increase in cost of $15,152.97. Extra work was needed to remove a house foundation and floor slab on the south side that did not show up on the plans and stabilize the soil with aggregate on the north side. More concrete was also needed. The change order will finalize the project costs.
Mayor Kevin Hemann read a proclamation declaring the week of December 6-10 as Youth Appreciation Week in conjunction with the Highland Optimists Club.
The next meeting will be held on Monday, December 20 at 7 p.m. at City Hall.