Downtown Dousman remains open
for business during the road work on Main Street.
Construction crews worked on wet and muddy roads
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DOUSMAN - Having the main street that
runs in front of your business torn up for the whole
summer is by no means desirable, but downtown Dousman
business owners are making the best of a bad situation.
ice cream at Chamberlain’s Flower & Gift Shop is ready
to be scooped onto a cone, store owner Jane Pennycuff
said sales are down. The flower side of her business has
fared a bit better because of the delivery aspect.
trying to keep positive. There have been delays
obviously because of the weather,” said Pennycuff,
co-president of the Dousman Chamber of Commerce.
It has been tough going for the past few months,
Leinweber said, adding he is “thankful for the
people who have come here and trucked through
all of the construction.”
first part of the three-phase project nears completion,
the hope is the road will be paved and curbs and gutters
will be installed before the Derby Days July 26 through
July 28. Installation of sidewalks remains questionable,
said Village President Jack Nissen.
Signs erected at the
intersection of Highway 18 and Main Street inform
drivers that downtown Dousman is open for business.
Jane Pennycuff, owner of Chamberlain’s Flower & Gift
Shop, said in the beginning the advertising helped
to bring in new customers.
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project is estimated to cost around $7.5 million, he
said. The village will need to borrow some money to
cover the costs, but funds will also be used from the
water and sewer utilities.
According to a notice posted on the village’s website,
installation of curb and gutters on South Main Street
will begin today. Residents who have driveways on South
Main Street are asked to start parking in the Cory Park
parking lot once concrete is being installed until
further notice. Schultz Concrete will contact residents
when they will not have access to their driveways.
Construction crews weren’t able to get started on the
project until late spring due to the frozen ground,
setting the project behind. In order to save time, the
second phase of the project will begin even as the first
phase is being finished, Nissen said.
contractors are doing their best effort to stay on
track,” he said.
plan is to have the majority of the project done by
October or November with final paving being done in
part of the project, crosswalks will be installed and
residents who live along Main Street will have better
drainage for their front yards due to the installation
of curb and gutter and a storm water system, Nissen
said. There will also be streetlights erected along the
road. Previously, there were just lights attached to
is also pleased there will be new sidewalks poured.
Already online is a new sanitary sewer that is not
getting infiltration of groundwater. He said previously
water carried to the plant for treatment sometimes was
nothing more than groundwater. As a result, the village
will save money on water treatment.
Another addition will be a new municipal parking lot
along Main Street, where formerly a house stood.
Throughout the construction project, Nissen said the
crews and flag people have been trying to keep traffic
moving in the downtown area.
Leinweber, whose wife owns Deb’s Main Street Diner, said
once the project is done it will be nice and he hopes it
will be an asset for the community.
not like Dousman has lost any businesses and I hope we
don’t,” he said. “With it being a newer downtown, I hope
it brings in some more businesses and more customers.”
been tough going for the past few months, Leinweber
said, adding he is “thankful for the people who have
come here and trucked through all of the construction.”
heard from area residents and those outside the village
that they want to support the local businesses so they
are still around when the project is completed.
way Deb’s Main Street Diner has dealt with the
construction project has been to create a delivery
service for the people who can’t get to the restaurant.
Pennycuff started a punch card for ice cream cones and
another for flowers. The chamber has created maps of
downtown they have given to the flag girls working at
the construction site.
want people from out of town to know how to get around,”
though the road may look like a complete mess, Pennycuff
wants people to know businesses are open and roads are