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City council reaction worries local business owners

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WAVERLY (KWWL) -

Some business owners in eastern Iowa are curious to see if a city council decision will affect their business.    

The Waverly City Council voted Monday to support a plan by the Iowa Department of Transportation to change Bremer avenue from a 4 lane highway to 3-lane highway. Many took to social media -- posting their disdain for the council's decision on the Waverly Democrats Facebook page. 
Business owners on Bremer say they hope customers realize what their businesses mean to the community. 

"If you're shopping local, you're lining some of our pockets and our children, who are going to reinvest in our community," said Emily Briddle, owner of 'Butcher Block.'

Briddle's business is still in its first year. She says the construction is a burden but hopes people are still encouraged to shop locally. 

"It's best time to come down downtown even though it is inconvenient, because it does help us out, it helps the town out to keep us here," said Briddle.

"There's some amazing businesses downtown, we're worth coming down to," said Jim Slaba, who owns Jim's Sport Shop, just two doors down from Briddle. 

A business owner for 18 years, Slaba was disheartened when he saw claims on social media that people would avoid Bremer avenue after the council's vote. 

"You know the vote isn't anything to do with us, we're just along for the ride too," said Slaba. "We're here to try and help Waverly anyway we can, hopefully the town we'll continue to support us."

Many also claimed on Facebook that the city was just getting ahead of  a project the Iowa Department of Transportation would pursue anyway. 

The city expects the construction to wrap up sometime this fall. 
 

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