To The Daily Sun,
What happened to my business, and others, on South Pleasant street and Main Street on Friday, Oct. 21 demands an apology from the Chamber of Commerce and the City Council... and maybe compensation.
What a shock to find Pleasant Street blocked off for Pumpkin Festival set-up just 30 feet from my barber shop. There were six businesses south of the municipal parking lot cut off from traffic, as well as Main Street north to the parking lot. I lost $150 to $200 because of this action. I called the city manager, mayor and Chamber of Commerce and got no one. I left messages to return my calls but got none.
Incidentally, no one was told that this blocking of the streets was to occur on Friday, so I called Councilor Brenda Baer. She said that in September the council got a request from the event sponsor, the Chamber of Commerce, to allow the same Pumpkin Festival as last year (with the same set-up, timing and details), with the set-up to occur after 6 p.m. on Friday, like last year. However, Councilor Baer didn't read the proposed temporary traffic order marked "like last year," as the council was busy that evening and just stamped approval.
The council got tricked by the Chamber of Commerce into blocking off downtown during the busy day of Friday, Oct. 21, instead of the evening, like last year. At least Councilor Baer apologized. If the Chamber of Commerce doesn't apologize it shows they don't care about businesses in downtown Laconia.
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