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Bessemer tavern owner expresses concern over park


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A LACK of parking on Mary Street has business owners complaining about the pending construction of the Ethnic Commons in downtown Bessemer.

BESSEMER— The park slated for construction on Mary Street in Bessemer is a great idea, just in a bad location, said Bob Vestich, owner of a tavern on Mary Street, at Monday's Bessemer City Council meeting.

Three realtors have assessed his property because of his concerns with the project, and they have estimated devaluation to be between 33 and 50 percent, said Vestich, owner of Uncle Sam's Place.

Vestich asked the council to put a hold on spending the money, because he wanted to get a petition together to have the park moved to a different location, and put the issue to vote on the November ballot. Vestich said he was there to represent Bessemer's silent majority.

Vestich said he was “tired of beating the same drum,” but that it is a "bad situation."

The next city council will tear the park down, he said.

Council member Linda Nelson said she heard many complaints over the Fourth of July holiday, and spoke with many people who were angry about the location of the park.

Mayor John Frello said the time for people to object was long gone. City manager Michael Uskiewicz agreed, adding contracts have already been signed and other legal issues are involved.

In other business, the council approved a bid of $4,500 to demolish a house at 213 E. Iron St. It has been condemned and is a health hazard, said Uskiewicz.

Todd Meinke is opening a new laundromat in Bessemer. Council member Al Gaiss said he is very happy to see it, especially for senior citizens to use.


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