Whitney Wagner of
Hartford, left, and Adam Lacross of Slinger work on
deconstructing a structure on the lot of what could be
Casey’s General Store on Tuesday afternoon in Hartford.
John Ehlke/Daily News
HARTFORD — The annexation of slightly less than two
acres to the city for the possible construction of a
convenience store was unanimously approved by the Common
Council on Tuesday during its regular monthly meeting.
Gary and Laura Doll sought annexation of the property in
the town of Hartford on the city’s west side on the
northwest corner of the intersection of Highway 60 and
Liberty Avenue. If the project moves ahead as proposed
the Dolls could soon be selling the property to allow
the construction of a Casey’s General Store.
city’s Plan Commission, in January, approved the site
plan for the 1.8 acre property, which consists of three
lots — at 7378, 7380 and 7390 Highway 60 West.
people spoke in opposition of the annexation request.
One, the owner of another local convenience store who
complained that added business competition has already
hurt his bottom line and the construction of another
such business will only hurt his business more.
can’t vote against this just because it means more
competition for your business,” said Alderman Wayne
Rusniak. “We have the free enterprise system and it is
not up to us to judge if there are enough convenience
stores. We can do that about bars, but not about this
kind of a business.”
David Doll owns a farm directly across the street from
the proposed site of the new convenience store. He is
against the proposal.
farm has been in my family for over 100 years and I want
to continue to farm,” Doll said. “But this and other
increased traffic really causes problems with traffic in
that area. Many times traffic is backed up on Highway 60
at that intersection. The (electronic) stop light
doesn’t seem to recognize farm equipment so the light
can turn red just as I’m entering the intersection.
“This is an agriculture area and there is a lot of
agriculture traffic around there,” Doll said. “The
highway also narrows from four to two lanes and there is
no shoulder which causes problems for traffic trying to
merge into traffic.”
Other council members agreed about there being increased
safety concerns about Highway 60 in that area.
need to have the state come here and look at those
traffic issues,” said Alderman Joe Kohler.
“It’s only going to get worse,” said Alderman Roger
Administrator Steve Volkert said he will talk to
Wisconsin Department of Transportation officials about
the increasing traffic concerns in the area being
“We’ll see if we can get the best they will allow,”
Sparks fly off the tool used by Whitney Wagner of
Hartford as he and other members of Bill Wagner and Son
work on deconstructing a structure on the lot of what
could be Casey’s General Store on Tuesday afternoon in
John Ehlke/Daily News
Design Resources of Loves Park, Illinois, is in charge
of the project’s preliminary design plans.
proposed store would include 10 fuel pump stations and a
convenience store with numerous prepackaged and fresh
food options. If all needed approvals are obtained
additional details regarding landscaping, building
design and engineering would come before the Plan
Commission as part of a more in-depth site plan review.”
According to the site plan, the proposed fuel canopy
would be toward the east end of the property and two
driveways would be used at the new business. One would
access Liberty Avenue. Given the presence of a raised
median on Liberty Avenue between Highway 60 and Thiel
Street, this driveway would have to be a right-turn only
entrance and exit only.
Entrance and exit would be allowed via another driveway
connected to a existing strip mall located on the north
side of the annexed property. No direct access to or
from Highway is proposed as part of the plan.
According to the company’s website, Casey’s General
Stores Inc. is a chain of convenience stores in the
Midwestern U.S. The company is headquartered in Ankeny,
James Pistillo, vice president of accounting and
treasurer of Casey’s General Stores Inc., said the
company has been meeting with city officials to discuss
various permits and other details to potentially
position the company to build. Pistillo said when the
property purchase is finalized that usually starts a
six-month building process, weather permitting.