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Annexation discussion for gas station turns heated in Eau Claire

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - A gas station's plan to branch out turns up the heat at a city council meeting Tuesday night. It was a discussion that was supposed to be focused on a request to annex property, but it shifted quickly to why gas prices are so high in Eau Claire. Words were exchanged between several council members about whether the discussion should be focused on the annexation issue or high gas prices.

Kwik Trip is asking the city to annex property on the corner of Brian Street and Highway 93, where the retailer hopes to build a new gas station. That property is currently in the town of Washington.  Kwik Trip's CFO Scott Teigen, had asked the city council to postpone the vote Tuesday night since he couldn't be at the meeting. The city council denied that request, and took up the proposal. The discussion quickly turned to gas prices, and a study, conducted last year by UW-Eau Claire students.

"In my opinion, that report, while it was interesting and it was well done, it was not suitable for making a decision about annexation," says Eau Claire City Council member Kathy Mitchell.  

The annexation proposal failed in a five to five vote. Some city council members are hoping the denial sends a message to area gas stations.

"We're not against Kwik Trip, it's a very fine company. So is Mega Holiday. They're fine companies run by good people. But this pricing situation, we need to have some understanding of what's going on," says council member Dave Duax.

Kwik Trip can re-submit the annexation request, but they have to go through the state, a process that could take over a month and cost hundreds in fees.

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