I cannot believe how ridiculous things are concerning the winery. The Mayor ordered the complete roadway shut down so they can load trucks. Is he that far out of touch to believe the entire road has to be shut down?
I have worked in construction for more than 40 years. At times we have to be concerned with and work around traffic. We "share the road" during these times and are always mindful of those affected by our work. Why is it that after more than a decade of operation, the winery all of a sudden needs the entire roadway shut down without warning or the Council's approval? Heck, MnDOT is rebuilding the Lowry Hill Tunnel and still "shares the road" with the regular traffic on the Interstate. This means that MnDOT is more accommodating than our Mayor!
Next, the winery will be proposing to shut off all traffic on that roadway and build across it. The Mayor claims that "that is progress." I can name several examples of real progress in Cannon Falls that did not affect traffic and parking adversely.
Point of Sales moved from downtown to the Industrial Park. Norris Implement moved from downtown to the South. The First National Bank and Security Bank moved to new locations with more parking. Lorentz Meats moved from Cannon Street to the Industrial Park. Lindahl Tire moved from Mill Street to its present location. The Coast to Coast moved from downtown to the Mall. The National Tea moved from Mill Street to where the Library is. My Father built his grocery store where the Post Office is after Tony Kartes closed his grocery store on 4th Street, just to name a few. That's what progress is, Mayor, and I think all of these examples made life in Cannon Falls better. Closing the street next to the winery will only cause more traffic problems and a bigger parking issue. Just last week the Mayor had the Public Works look into the parking problem in front of the winery. This addition will only make that worse.