LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Delay of bridge work hurt business

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Just to set the record straight. In Sundays edition of the U-B, it was stated in a story that only two businesses felt impacted by the Palouse Street bridge 65-day delay. I would like to strongly disagree.

No one from City Hall or Apollo asked me if my business was impacted from how poorly the project was completed. I began writing e-mails to City Hall at the onset of this project. Everyone along Palouse Street was extremely concerned since the contractor didn't even start until two weeks after the project was to begin. I was told there would be advertising money to be shared to benefit all the businesses along Palouse Street after the street opened.

I did contact City Hall in regard to follow-up on advertising dollars and was told City Hall had determined only four businesses were impacted and they were issued checks. My sympathies are with our new city manager, knowing how poorly our city was managed for the past eight years.

Having been at the same location for the past 13 years, seven days a week, 13 hours a day, I could have shown anyone who truly wanted to know just how much business we lost. A much better solution might have been not to fine Apollo but make it compensate all the businesses or be fined.

Gary D. Johnson, owner
Mill Creek Brewpub
Walla Walla

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