By The Prairie City News
Special to the Newton Independent
At a charged meeting on Monday evening, Aug. 12, the Monroe City Council, on a 3-2 vote, approved the sale of the city-owned Madsen Field to Family Dollar for the construction of a retail store.
The company will pay $177,250 for the nearly 1.6 acre property which for years was home to Monroe Little League baseball and softball games. The parcel has 252 feet of frontage along State Highway 14 (Monroe Street) and is 276 feet deep.
Council members Sean Wilson aand James Breckenridge voted against the proposal, while Councilmen Dave Pendroy, Jeff Shannon Sr., and John Vriezelaar voted in favor of the sale.
Over 20 individuals addressed the Council over the proposed sale of the property to Family Dollar, and the majority of those speaking were against the sale, but nearly as many voiced their support for the propect.
Those speaking against the proposal indicated concerns over the competition the enterprise would present to some existing businesses in town, such as Monroe Foods and Casey's.
At its April 15 meeting, the panel voted down the sale, which at that time was proposed for a selling price of $75,000. Jasper County Assessor's Office records indicate the parcel has a current assessed value of $34,670.
Family Dollar has more than 7,600 stores in 45 states with eight locations in the Des Moines metro area among nearly 40 locations in Iowa.
Jasper County Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Chaz Allen said construction of the new Family Dollar store in Monroe will begin soon.