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Utica Casey's to open in mid-April

The lights are on but the doors are still closed at the new Casey's General Store under construction on U.S. 6 and Route 178 north in Utica. According to a village official, a tentative opening date has been set for Thursday, April 19.
The lights are on but the doors are still closed at the new Casey's General Store under construction on U.S. 6 and Route 178 north in Utica. According to a village official, a tentative opening date has been set for Thursday, April 19.

The new Casey's General Store is nearing completion at the intersection of U.S. 6 and Route 178 north in Utica.

Village Engineer Kevin Heitz told Utica trustees the soft opening date of the convenience store/gas station is tentatively set for Thursday, April 19.

According to Utica President David Stewart, Casey's officials are still seeking to interview people for employment at the new business which is open 24 hours daily.

"This is a big deal for the village," Stewart said.

Pump purchase

Utica Public Works Director Curt Spayer told the village board the auxiliary pump needed for the village's sanitary system he spoke of at the March 8 meeting was no longer available.

At that meeting, trustees gave Spayer tentative approval -— depending on an examination of the unit — to negotiate a used pump purchase up to a maximum of $28,000.

Thursday, Spayer told trustees he had located another used pump which he purchased for $13,900. He said it expected to be delivered to the village in the immediate future.

Spayer previously said,  "In emergency scenarios, a reliable auxiliary pump is a necessity (for the village's sewer lagoon)."

The board then passed a new ordinance which allows the direct sale within the village of certain goods cooked or baked in home-based kitchens.

Village attorney Herb Klein said the ordinance mirrors the so-called “cupcake bill” passed by the state in 2014. The ordinance will allow home kitchen operators to bake freely without the intervention of local governments or health departments as long as the home operations pull in less than $1,000 per month or there is not a complaint or health-safety issue.

In other business, the board approved the hiring of Hopkins & Associates as the auditing firm for the fiscal year ending March 31.

Following adjournment, Stewart said plans for installing decorative criss-crossing lights over Mill Street (the downtown block) continues to be ongoing. He said he hopes the $18,000 project will light up the business block before the end of May.

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