Healdsburg City Council will decide later this month whether to allow the Chamber of Commerce leaders more time to work out the details of a proposed self-regulated system for business sidewalk displays.
"We critically need them to give us this extra time (until mid-January) to hear from everyone and put forth our proposals," said exec Eric Hall in a letter to fellow downtown merchants.
Hall, a member of the Downtown Business District Subcommittee on Merchandising, urged his business neighbors to attend the Healdsburg City Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at
"A negative vote on this issue would have major impacts on our ability to do business and attract customers," he said.
Hall said the proposal being discussed was in response to c
Healdsburg Mayor Tom Chambers asked Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Business District leaders to develop guidelines to self-regulate the issue and to have the guidelines ready for various public reviews in time to be implemented by the end of the year.
But Hall said the Chamber and its business members need more time to find a way to provide a little space for product displays and merchandising on the sidewalks in front of stores.
That would alleviate the fear expressed last month that City Council wanted to "sterilize" the downtown sidewalks.
Hall urged his fellow business owners to come to the meeting and "be prepared to talk about how sterilizing our sidewalks will hurt your business and your employees, and our town," he said.