Dave Cashman, owner of Big Splash Car Wash in West St. Paul, says construction on Robert Street hasn’t interrupted business much. But he’s worried his sign will be displaced when the sidewalk and trees go in. (Erin Hinrichs/Review)
West St. Paul small-business owners focus on survival
With the southbound segment of Robert Street from Annapolis Street to Thompson Avenue currently torn up for reconstruction, small businesses along the thoroughfare are counting on customers being loyal enough to endure the detours.
Over at the Big Splash Car Wash, owner Dave Cashman says he gave his customers the heads up to start using the back entrance. Despite losing power and water on a few occasions, his greatest long-term concern is having to move his roadside sign to eventually make way for a new boulevard tree.
Mayor says he’ll propose an alternative
As the city lines up a contractor for phase two of the Robert Street Improvement Project, which will include landscaping and sidewalks, it will need to tackle another potentially costly hurdle.
West St. Paul opened bids for phase two on July 2, and three contractors submitted bids — all of which exceeded the engineer’s estimate by more than $1 million.
“I’m disappointed, but I’m not shocked,” Mayor David Meisinger told the Review.
Full street reconstruction along Marie Ave. in West St. Paul is back on track to take place this summer. (Jesse Poole/Review)
Project marred by ethics debate
Despite roughly a month-long delay, full street reconstruction along Marie Avenue — from Charlton Street to Livingston Avenue — will begin this summer.
Following a contentious vote to rebid the project, the West St. Paul city council awarded the bid to Danner Inc. at a special meeting June 29. The council voted 5-1 in support of the $1,828,908 bid from Danner Inc., with council member Jenny Halverson dissenting and several reluctant supporters criticizing the bidding process.
West St. Paul’s only electronic cigarette shop, Vape Pros, at 1332 S. Robert Street, will have to do any sampling of products outside its doors. (Jesse Poole/Review)
Tobacco-related sampling continues to be prohibited
The ban on sampling of tobacco-related products like electronic cigarettes will continue in West St. Paul. However, to the gratitude of many, the city council has expanded the hours liquor can be sold at both on- and off-sale establishments in the community.
The council members reviewed West St. Paul’s alcohol and tobacco bylaws at their meeting Monday, June 8, and considered three proposed ordinance changes.