Government shutdown concerns loom over Corridor community


    <p>Business owners tell CBS2 they have seen residents in the community buy meals for government workers and some residents are discussing additional ways to raise money for them. It is a positive sign for their community despite the circumstances.{/p}

    As time carries on during the United State's longest government shutdown, so does the toll of it's impact in the city of West Branch.

    The Herbert Hoover Historic site, which includes the presidential library-museum and the national park, is closed to visitor until the government reopens. This also means federal workers there did not receive their paychecks last week.

    "It just kind of stinks, that, there's just so many of these unknowns," said Steven Grace, owner, of Main Street Sweets.

    Grace's restaurant is just steps away from the national landmark.

    "My mom works over at the library, so she's one of those that's furloughed. For her, I mean it's just kind of frustrating not knowing whats going on," said Grace.

    Mexico Lindo restaurant owner Moises Correa said museum visitors have been visiting his restaurant for the last three years, but now everyone is being affected by this absence of business. He is seeing somewhat of a slower rush of federal employees during the day.

    Even though Grace relies more on local business during the winter, some of those locals are feeling the direct pinch of the shutdown.

    "The superintendent of the national park service, I was helping him do some snow removal last week," he said. "He had to take employees off of furlough for four or five hours to remove snow from the sidewalks and then put them back on furlough."

    Stores are not worrying too much now, but some have concerns if the shutdown drags into the spring.

    "If it does go on for a really long time like that then there are going to have to be some pretty significant changes made both with some of the business community and for those employees," said Grace.

    Business owners tell CBS2 they have seen residents in the community buy meals for government workers and some residents are discussing additional ways to raise money for them. It is a positive sign for their community despite the circumstances.


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