Officials with Love’s Travel Stop & Country Store would like to utilize solar panels at their proposed Atkinson location.

Officials with Love’s Travel Stop & Country Store would like to utilize solar panels at their proposed Atkinson location.

“We do not have an ordinance governing solar panels and we would not be against Love’s installing them, but we do need to establish an ordinance governing solar panels,” explained Atkinson mayor Ken Taber during the village board meeting on Monday, Jan. 7.

Love’s will be located on the former Atkinson Plaza property, along Interstate 80 at the south edge of the village.

Love’s is not located in a residential area, but is considered commercial property.

Board members also learned that negotiations between the Iowa Interstate Railroad and Wyffels Hybrids and Gold Star FS are ongoing concerning replacing the tube that runs under the railroad east of Atkinson and would take care of storm drainage in that area.

Because the storm drainage comes from the village property, the mayor said, “The village is willing to absorb some of the cost to fix the problem.”