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ROANOKE - After considering a request for financial help from the local Independent Grocers Alliance (IGA) store at their Sept. 16 meeting, the village board has declined to offer assistance.

Board president Mike Smith recently penned a letter to IGA owner Nishidh Patel and gave the reasoning behind the decision.

“After considering your request, the board has come to the decision that it is not possible for the village to offer any financial assistance,” Smith wrote. "The trustees feel it would not be wise for the village to mix public funds with private funds in an endeavor such as this. It would set a precedent that could encourage other businesses to come to the village and request funding for similar needs. The village does not have the funds or inclination to become partners in real estate or commercial endeavors.”

Smith added the village recently incurred long-term bond debt to build a new water plant and improve infrastructure that residents are responsible to pay.

See article on Oct. 10 Woodford County Journal newsstands

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