Berryville council OKs sale of land to egg processor

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

By Haley Schichtl

The Berryville City Council has approved the sale of 1.64 acres in the Primrose Drive Industrial Park to Mid-States Specialty Eggs Inc. The council voted unanimously to sell the property at its regular meeting on Tuesday, July 21.

The land is located adjacent to MSSE’s existing plant. Mayor Tim McKinney said the company plans to use the lot for overflow parking and a warehouse for poultry supplies.

“They’ve been a great asset to the city and ... they’ve employed about twice as many people as they thought they would when they first opened,” McKinney said.

McKinney said it’s still uncertain how and when the Berryville Community Center will reopen.

“I’ve had a lot of senior citizens tell me we’d love to see it reopen, but if you opened it now we wouldn’t come,” McKinney said. “I’m afraid if we open it we’d be inundated with kids.”

McKinney said the city has ordered signs for the road going up Saunders Heights to alert walkers to be aware of drivers and to walk on the left side of the road. The city had received complaints that drivers were speeding on the road.

The council also voted in favor of allowing the Carroll County Fair and the Fair Parade to be held in Berryville. Later in the week, the county fair board decided to cancel several events, including the carnival, pageant, parade, rodeo and family fun night. The fair board said the horse show, 4-H livestock show, premium sale and poultry sale will be held.

The Berryville city council’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4 in the Berryville Community Center.

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