Accentuate! owner Bill Winkels
hung construction hard hats in his storefront window
display to highlight Oconomowoc’s downtown
construction project. With business slowing prior to
Wednesday’s explosion at First Baptist Church, it is
now at a virtual standstill, he said.
OCONOMOWOC - Carrie Burdick has had her Door to Door business
open for nine months in downtown Oconomowoc.
Faced first with the reconstruction of Wisconsin Avenue and
now the aftermath of the explosion of First Baptist Church this
week, Burdick said she has wondered about the road ahead.
"My question is, ‘Is it worth staying or do I
relocate?’" Burdick said. "We are all starting to
get used to dealing with the construction. Now with this added
situation of the explosion - and the down time and delay due to
the investigation - it will create a greater loss."
Wednesday’s dramatic destruction of the church, 307 W.
Wisconsin Ave., in an explosion that damaged nearby houses and
caused an estimated $1 million in damage has caused others to
worry about safety in the days ahead.
"I had one of my customers come in today. She said, ‘If
I wasn’t sure where I was going when I died (pointing
upwards), I wouldn’t have risked coming in here,’" said
Beverly Bartel, owner of Beverly Designs.
Oconomowoc Mayor Maury Sullivan said the city is taking a
close look at things, adding that earth-disturbing activities
will cease until the city is assured safety procedures are being
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