BRIDGMAN — It looks like Bridgman will be getting a new convenience store and gas station in 2021.

During the Dec. 21 Bridgman City Council meeting, City Manager Juan Ganum reported that the Planning Commission on Dec. 17 approved a site plan submitted for a new Casey’s General Store facility along Red Arrow Highway that he thinks “will be a very attractive building as you enter into the city from the south (at Rambo Road and Red Arrow Highway) and will set the standard for similar development moving forward upend down the Red Arrow corridor.”

Ganum later said it will be an all-masonry structure.

Consideration of approving a site plan for the construction of a Casey’s General Store with fueling station at 10299 Red Arrow Highway was submitted to planners by Jeffery Lonchor (CESO, Inc.) on behalf of Casey’s Retail Company.

According to minutes from the Dec. 17 Planning Commission meeting, there will be multiple entrances, one on Red Arrow Highway and one on Rambo Road. There will be 19 parking spaces, 11 in the front of the building, a dumpster on the west side, bicycle parking, a pedestrian crosswalk area with installation of new sidewalks on Red Arrow Highway and Rambo Road, two diesel pumps in the rear with six dispensers in the front.

It was reported that the business will usually be open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. or midnight, with an eventual determination of whether or not it should be a 24/7 business.

The Planning Commission minutes also stated: “There would not be a traffic light installed until a traffic count could warrant a light. The city’s engineer can do a traffic study and collectively over time it could happen.”

Ganum’s Dec. 21 report to the City Council stated: “When a groundbreaking date is announced the City will seek to hold a well publicized ceremony in partnership with the CGA and Southwest Michigan Chamber of Commerce.”

Also on Dec. 21 the city council agreed to continue offering once-a-month curbside recycling collection services from Reliable Disposal at a cost of $30 per year to be billed at $7.50 quarterly. It was noted that 80 percent of the city’s customers participate in curbside recycling and a second recycling cart would add $33 to the annual cost.

City Council member Sarah Buist informed the council on Dec. 21 that she must leave the council because she is moving to Lake Township, but will still be part of the community and that her husband, Joel, will still be Bridgman’s Fire Chief.

In other business, the Bridgman City Council:

Voted to continue holding council meetings on the first and third Mondays on each month.

Recognized Bridgman downtown beautification volunteers Nancy and Bill Hawley and Bre Dubuque.

Re-appointed Beth McNeil to the Greater Bridgman Chamber and Growth Alliance Board of Directors.

Heard the audit report for July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020, as delivered by Joe Verline of Cabridge and Company (which he described as a clean opinion – the highest that can be provided).

During its Jan. 4 meeting, the City Council re-appointed Dorothea Crocker and Kay Roehl to the Board of Review. Karin Chappell was named an alternate board member.

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