McDonald’s plan hits land snag

A snag — perhaps temporary, perhaps not — has developed in plans to build a McDonald’s in Milaca that would open next year.

Land & Lease Development, Hinckley, had planned to purchase a $1,000 option for city-owned land north of Highway 23 that is north of the Milaca Dairy Queen.

But the City Council did not approve a contract for that option at its Sept. 13 meeting

There was concern expressed by council members at the meeting about access to city-owned land, as well as a need to work with the Milaca Land Development Company, and to provide additional traffic control at the bypass area.

After some discussion Brian  Weidendorf of Land & Lease Development said the company would prepare a couple traffic control plans to submit to the city engineer, as well as making contact with the owners of the land development company to discuss development.

City Manager Greg Lerud said Monday the problems at this point are not insurmountable.

“It’s in their court right now,” he said. “They’re looking at three different parcels.”

For the full story, see the Thursday, Sept. 20 print edition of the Times.