Business owners pleased with East McCarty work

But progress came at a cost, they add

Siblings Skyler Rilie, 6, right, and Kaylee Teel, 5, enjoy ice cream treats Friday at Daisy Delight, whose owner, Jerry Bartel, says East McCarty Street construction for the past year has hurt his business.

Siblings Skyler Rilie, 6, right, and Kaylee Teel, 5, enjoy ice cream treats Friday at Daisy Delight, whose owner, Jerry Bartel, says East McCarty Street construction for the past year has hurt his business. Photo by Julie Smith.

For more than a year, business owners along a stretch of East McCarty Street have put up with being penned in from one side or blocked out from another. They’ve heard customer complaints, and they’ve had a few themselves.

But all in all, a sampling of business owners generally had a unified message for the city, county and their contractor for the $4.1 million street project: Thumbs up.

“Beautiful!” summed up Tom Graessle, owner of Graessle’s Sales & Service, 2222 E. McCarty St. However, he and others are quick to add that it came with a cost. With the economy still struggling, it made a tough year even tougher.

Daisy Delight owner Jerry Bartel said the project was the latest in a string of ....

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