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Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2019 1:05 pm

A special meeting of the Elk Point City Council Tuesday, Aug. 27 opened with a half-hour executive session for personnel and legal matters.

The council reconvened in open session to consider second reading to Ordinance No. 399, a rezoning request from K&K Mobile Storage and Kathleen Krediet. Mary Abraham along with her son, David, owns HomeTowne Inn, which sits right in front of the property to be rezoned. She said she initially opposed the rezoning from light industrial to heavy industrial, and had written a speech to read to the council. But now she feels differently.

“I’m a pragmatic person,” Abraham said. “I understand the business end of having important things happen in Elk Point. It’s good for us, it’s good for business, it’s good for each of us.”

She said she’s changed her mind and now feels it is in the best interests of the city to keep a major business in town with the rezoning.

ThermoBond CEO Tod Schuber said his company is looking to buy the property if it’s rezoned. He said the business is already doing some work on the property and hopes to expand once the purchase goes through.

Council member Lance Penfield said he heard from several of his constituents who were concerned about the heavy industrial use.

“They didn’t know what [the business] was – they thought there’d be banging iron, like Load King,” Penfield said.

See full story in this week’s Leader-Courier.