Collinsville rezones for Shop 'n Save renovation

News-DemocratNovember 12, 2013 

— Shop 'n Save will get its rezoning for a major renovation of its grounds, following the widening of Illinois 159 at its Collinsville location.

The Illinois Department of Transportation's expansion of Illinois 159 will cost Shop 'n Save several parking spaces, and the rezoning will be necessary to keep the store in compliance with city ordinances, according to community development director Mitch Bair.

Bair told the council that the planned development district zoning will include a plan for improved landscaping and a redesigned layout that should improve traffic around the grocery store. The store will lose 20 parking spaces, each of which will remain the same size, Bair said.

"The traffic movement will be safer on the site and will flow better," Bair said.

The plan also includes a reduced setback from other properties, and the existing 20-foot-high sign will be permitted to remain on the site, relocated to a new position. The light poles are being moved by IDOT, and a new lighting plan will be submitted later, Bair said.

The public hearing before the planning commission saw two residents who spoke in favor of the plan, Bair said. The planning commission unanimously approved it, as did the council on Monday.

In other news:

* The council approved contracts with International Union of Operating Engineers Local 148 for the water plan operators, Local 148B for city hall workers and Local 520C for public works employees. All three contracts included a 2-percent pay raise and are effective 2013 to 2016.

* The council approved a contract with the Fraternal Order of Police's civilian unit for a 2-percent pay raise. The contract is effective 2012 to 2015.

* The council renewed its contract to continue providing fire and emergency medical services to the Collinsville Fire Protection District, which includes the unincorporated areas outside the city limits. Fire Chief Mark Emert estimated about 10,000 people live in the unincorporated areas and pay taxes to the district solely for fire and emergency services, which are then turned over to the city, minus $15,000 for administration.

Contact reporter Elizabeth Donald at edonald@bnd.com or 239-2507.

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