To the Editor,
Regarding today’s (Oct. 16) article addressing the issue of downtown deliveries, as business owners, we would like to state our concerns.
We are a company that receives deliveries daily. Limiting delivery times could hinder our ability to efficiently expedite orders. We often need to turn product same day. Requiring deliveries from side streets would cause trucks to circle as they work their way down Main Street. We feel this would create even more congestion.
Has anyone bothered to talk to the carriers involved, meaning their management? How will this hinder their ability to deliver on time? We spoke with UPS and Fed-Ex today and no one has called them. They were however aware of this issue because of business owners, and one commissioner, talking with the drivers. Have they made them aware of the meeting so they can be represented?
Patience gets you down Main Street in a safe manner. Not stopping needed delivers to businesses there. One has to navigate around cars that are parallel parking, which in our opinion is more difficult than a truck that is visible a couple blocks away. Of course as a merchant we are concerned for safety and convenience. We are just not sure this is the battle that is being fought.
Our commissioners need to be more concerned about bringing new business to this area rather than making it more difficult for existing businesses to operate effectively.
Amy Heath and Pat Littleton