Group plans restaurant/bar in Fisher
FISHER — As the village board plans to spend $100,000 on downtown beautification efforts, three partners revealed their plans to renovate a downtown building and turn it into a restaurant/sports bar.
Aaron Sparrow of Fisher told the board that he and Kayl Thomas, also of Fisher, and Terry Bishop of Urbana have purchased the building at 111 S. Third.
Sparrow acknowledged the building's rough shape but is optimistic the three can be open for business with a grand opening New Year's Day 2014.
The village is planning to install new, more decorative lights downtown as Ameren is moving the industrial poles and wires to the alley. The village will also redo the sidewalk on the east side of the main downtown block.
In other business, the board approved the low bid of $490,000 by Artesian of Pioneer, Ohio, to install three more softeners and another iron filter for water treatment.
Water superintendent Ron Ragle said the project will double the water plant's ability to provide processed water. Ragle said increased demand from a new housing development on the village's west side has made the upgrade necessary though there is plenty of untreated water.
The board earlier increased water rates that will provide the payments on the bonds that will pay for the project.