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City Notebook: Fresno City Council Finds $8.6 Million Windfall; Approves Convenience Store

The Fresno City Council is dealing with a good problem, an $ 8.6 million windfall. The council voted Thursday to spend the net balance of the funds – $ 5.8 million – on a variety of items, from repairs at parks and city owned parking garages to body cameras for police officers. It also includes $ 1.3 million for a down payment on a planned headquarters building for the fire department. The funding came from carryover items from the last budget year, as well as higher than anticipated hotel and sales tax revenues. A new gas station and convenience store is coming to a neighborhood between downtown Fresno and the Tower District. The city council Thursday also approved a proposal by George Beal to build a Johnny Quick store, and gas station at Belmont and Van Ness, adjacent to the Highway 180 off-ramp. Residents in the area voiced their opposition in the meeting to Beal’s plan to sell liquor at the store, saying the area already has a high concentration of liquor licenses. The council wound
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