By Jackie Nelson
At the Monday, Oct. 13 City Council meeting the Hesston City Council unanimously moved to approve a $120,000 revolving loan fund for 10 years at 3 percent interest to Weaver Grocers.
Hesston businesswoman Chris Roth addressed Council to advocate for the Tim and Marguerite Weaver.
“I would like to thank the city, I am a business person in town and I’ve always been an investor in the town. I invested money down the street and [former City Administrator] John Carder was helpful as were city employees with questions, not having done this like the big builders, it went well and a lot of that was supported by the city and I appreciate that. We supported local businesses and supported, within 15 -mile radius, local builders and contractors. Being a businessperson, I want to keep a viable grocery store. I was very excited when we have a young family that half grew up here and they wanted to put themselves into the community. I would hope we support them every bit we can so they feel the same support as the city helped me with my businesses.”
Mayor Dave Kauffman was also quick to clarify the hesitancy on the part of Council to approve the loan, originally slated for the Sept. council meeting.
“I’d like to apologize from the standpoint how this came across. It was nothing personal and it put [City Administrator Gary Emry] in a bad position because, with our former administrator, we got used to doing things a certain way and things were approved. What happened, this is the first loan since Gary and new council members. What the council wanted to see was hearing form the people with the loan and the plans I think everything was thrown off,” he said.
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