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WAVERLY — The Waverly City Council approved the first reading of a rezoning request designed to allow for a new convenience store and gas station in southwest Waverly.

Casey’s Marketing Company, as well as the current property owner, Julia Engelbrecht, asked the Waverly City Council to rezone 4.4 acres at 1032 Fourth St. S.W., on the northwest corner of Fourth Street Sourthwest and 10th Avenue Southwest, from single-family residential to commercial to construct a new Casey’s General Store.

The council approved the first reading 4-2, with Ward 1 council member Dan Lampe and Ward 3 council member Wes Gade recording no votes.

A public hearing on the matter is set for 7 p.m. Monday. Several neighbors attended the council meeting but declined to weigh in until the public hearing.

“I have serious reservations about this idea, but I’m going to vote for this in order to give the citizens a chance to respond,” said Ward 4 council member Mike Sherer, who voted yes. “But at this point, I’m pretty dubious.”

Wally Pelds, president of A. Leo Pelds Engineering of Des Moines, showed the council internal views of a new Casey’s, as well as renderings of the external design at that location, at last week’s meeting.

He noted concerns about noise, particularly from “fairly loud” dryer machines at the car wash, were already discussed with planning and zoning and could be mitigating by fencing or trees. The plan passed planning and zoning on a 6-1 vote.

“We can do tall evergreens or an 8-foot fence,” Pelds said.

Waverly has one other Casey’s, at 1312 West Bremer Ave., operated by Bryce Laurie.

“This location is the most desired location that we’ve come across in Waverly,” Laurie told the council, noting both stores would remain open.

Ward 2 council member Dan McKenzie said he had concerns about one of the two proposed entrances on the west side of Fourth Street Southwest making traffic too congested. City attorney William Werger said the Iowa Department of Transportation would be contacted regarding that entrance.

“We’ll reach out and make sure the DOT can weigh in,” Werger said.

This article was updated Dec. 4, 2017, to reflect that it was Dan Lampe, not Tim Kangas, who recording a no vote.

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