ERIE — The owners of a grocery store will get another look at a proposed contract for the sale of their business to the city of Erie.
Slight changes were made to the agreement for the city to buy Stub’s Market after input from the Erie City Council. The contract was ready for approval at the council’s Monday evening meeting, but City Attorney Seth Jones told the council that David “Stub” and Shirlene Mahurin should look at the changes before the council votes on the agreement. City Clerk Cindy Lero said Jones wanted to make sure the Mahurins didn’t want to suggest any other changes to the contract.
Lero said the council could vote on the contract during the next regular meeting on Sept. 28.
The city has been considering the possible acquisition of Erie’s only grocery store since at least last summer after the Mahurins introduced the proposal. The Mahurins haven’t been able to find a buyer for Stub’s, and the council wants to prevent the store from closing.
An economic development committee negotiated a deal with the Mahurins to pay the couple $300,000 for the building and fixtures, plus inventory value at the time of the sale and 0.5% of gross sales for 10 years.
On Monday the council did authorize the documents needed for the city to apply for a $480,000 Rural Economic Development Loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. That money would be used to buy Stub’s. The application is due on Sept. 30, so the council decided to seek the loan before voting on the purchase.
The council also wants to meet with a representative of Associated Wholesale Grocers, so the city will try to get that meeting scheduled.
In another matter on Monday, the council agreed to spend up to $1,000 from the special parks fund to pour concrete bases for three more sculptures for Erie Dinosaur Park.
The family of the late Robert Dorris donated several dinosaur sculptures that he made from scrap metal and spare parts. The city created the park to display the sculptures, opening it in 2015.
The Dorris family held onto three sculptures from the collection, wanting to keep them on the farm where they originated for a while before donating them to Erie. Now, the family is selling the farm.
Also on Monday, the council agreed to pay City Treasurer Cindy Schoenhofer an additional $75 per month for a monthly and annual audit of the city library. The city previously hired an outside auditor for the work, but assigning Schoenhofer the work will cost less.
The council also agreed to donate $100 to Erie’s Christmas basket program.