BELLVILLE — Construction elements the Clear Fork Valley School District will be using in putting up a new elementary building in the village were approved Tuesday night by the Planning Commission.
The group also gave preliminary approval to plans to put in a new Dunkin Donuts shop along State Route 97 near I-71.
The systems the school district will be using to handle water, sewer and other utilities were given final approval. Brian McCartney, civil engineer with K.E. McCartney and Associates, Inc., explained how water will be channeled from the building site, off School Street.
The existing elementary school building will remain while construction occurs. McCartney said the location is a “right site” but construction has been planned to accommodate various needs.
Discussion about the elementary building brought numerous observations from commission members.
Joann Palmer, who is also a council member, said she remembers when the Hines Street building was constructed. That building has not remained in particularly good condition, and will be torn down. Administration offices will be housed elsewhere.
Palmer said she remembers when she was in the fourth grade, they had to use toilets outside.
Village administrat0r Larry Weirich pointed to a map, and said “she used to park her horse over here.”
Brian Klett, with Tusing Builders, brought drawings for a new Dunkin Donuts, which will be built next to the existing Mickey Mart on State Route 97.
Klett said he plans to get additional documents containing numbers involved in the construction to the village in the next couple of days. Richland County officials have been given information for necessary permits.
Weirich said there is “nothing to stop us from moving forward” on the Dunkin Donuts plan.
It may be necessary to call a special meeting so the construction can begin before bad weather hits.
Klett said “hopefully” the Dunkin Donuts store could be open before Christmas.
Some things at the Mickey Mart have to be reconfigured in order to make the Dunkin Donuts addition workable. Bathrooms must be made larger and constructed so they meet American with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.