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Bumpers on Belgrade in limbo after concerns over being a benefit to all businesses

A classic car roll-in aimed at benefiting business on Belgrade Avenue in North Mankato could be coming to an end.

City Administrator, John Harrenstein says there has been concern on whether the even was a benefit to all businesses.

“What needs to happen is an agreement between the business owners and the car organizers in terms of hours, times, number of events and spaces. When we have agreement from those folks, I think the City Council will act and City Staff will act as rapidly as we did last year when we set it up.”

Another complicating factor is that Belgrade Avenue is one of the most heavily traveled roadways in the City, averaging up to 9-thousand daily commuters.

“Not only do we close the road to the benefit of the businesses, but we also use that area as a community gathering space. The public has invested quite a bit of dollars through sales tax. So, what we heard from the public and from folks that participated, is that they really enjoyed using that area.”

Bumpers on Belgrade ran on Thursday nights in August and September last year from 5 to 8 p.m.