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The Telegram
  • Village awaits documents from Burrito Jonz

  • Herkimer Village Attorney Nick Macri has been working on the contract for Burrito Jonz, but he is still waiting for paperwork the village has requested from the owners. John and Amy Winter, owners of Burrito Jonz in Utica, are hoping to open a Burrito Jonz at 147 N. Main St. and have requested a loan from the vil...
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  • Herkimer Village Attorney Nick Macri has been working on the contract for Burrito Jonz, but he is still waiting for paperwork the village has requested from the owners.
    John and Amy Winter, owners of Burrito Jonz in Utica, are hoping to open a Burrito Jonz at 147 N. Main St. and have requested a loan from the village’s revolving loan fund to help pay for the necessary equipment to get started. The couple requested a loan of $25,000, but village board members said at a recent meeting it may only approve $15,000 to avoid depleting the entire fund. The board also requested specific documents from the owners before the agreement can be approved.
    Village Clerk Amanda Viscomi said a letter with a list of the items the board was requesting was sent to the owners after the last village board meeting, but she had only received a copy of the couple’s 2009 joint tax return with Schedule C.
    “If anyone is planning to start a business, the very first place to start is with an accountant or lawyer,” Macri said. He added the village should have received the Winters’ most recent tax return and a credit report. “At the very least, they should have produced what we asked for,” he said.
    Viscomi wondered if the items had been sent to David Griffith, of the Mohawk Valley Small Business Development Center, who was helping the owners put together a business plan for the new location.
    She said the Winters are hoping to have the new Burrito Jonz location up and running by Christmas.
    The Winters received $15,000 that had been approved for the project by the Herkimer County Industrial Development Agency.
    Macri said he would expedite the village loan agreement as soon as he receives the necessary documents.
    Burrito Jonz, described as a fast-casual, Cali Mex styled restaurant at 470 French Rd., Utica, has been successful in that location and the owners think it will do well in Herkimer also.
    Alex Dorantes owns the former Sprint store where Burrito Jonz plans to locate and has been working to get the building ready for the new restaurant.
    In other business Monday, the village board:
    • Referred a study on improvements to be made at the village playground to the village Department of Public Works. The recommendations will be addressed in the spring.
    • Set a schedule for the bidding process on a grit collector for the wastewater treatment facility. Bids will be due Jan. 24, 2013, and the board will consider them at its Feb. 4, 2013, meeting.
    • Granted a request from the General Herkimer Days Committee to borrow from the Myers Park concert fund to meet expenses for the Symphony Syracuse concert. The funds, which were left from the bicentennial and put into the Myers Park concert fund, will be paid back with money raised from next year’s golf tournament, according to village Trustee Katie Nichols. Ticket sales are down, she said. The concert is slated for Monday at 8 p.m. in the Herkimer Junior-Senior High School auditorium. Guest conductor will be Sean O’Loughlin with Amanda Brasher, vocalist. General admission tickets are $15 and are available at Big Apple Music in New Hartford and in Herkimer at Amy Lynn’s, Citizens Bank, M&T Bank, the St. Frances de Sales Parish Office, the village office and the Herkimer EyeCare Center. Tickets will also be available at the door. For $20 reserved seats, call Nichols at 866-1563.
    Page 2 of 2 - • Received correspondence from the Mohawk Valley Economic Development District inviting board members to a Dec. 12 meeting to discuss items of interest, including what grants might be available. Nichols said she would plan to attend.
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