Despite lingering issues, the owner of Hermann Wurst Haus is pledging to move ahead with projects designed to compensate for the partial loss of business due to the pandemic.
Mike Sloan appeared Aug. 24 before the Hermann Board of Aldermen, saying he wanted to be present to answer any questions or hear remarks on his proposal for alterations at the Wurst Haus, located at 234 E. First St. Sloan said previously he intends to place an awning to overspread outdoor seating for diners.
Ward Two Alderman David Faerber said Sloan had successfully responded to all past questions and concerns from the city regarding his improvement plan. Jim Schirmer, who also represents Ward Two on the board, had raised questions on whether Sloan had completed all formal procedures toward obtaining the proper permission from the city.
"He's done everything he's supposed to do," countered Faerber.
The structure, he continued, is not considered historic -- even though Sloan will be striving to fit in the changes with the existing exterior motif along First Street. Faerber said he wondered why Sloan still required permission for the work.
Sloan said the fencing he will place at the business will be moveable. He received the necessary paperwork after the meeting to obtain the permit, and said he would provide the city with an amended seating plan. The Landmarks Commission had earlier granted a recommendation to Sloan for the project, and he had also received permission from the Gasconade County Health Department that aligns with social distancing and other COVID-19 standards.
"They normally do the homework" on such ventures for the board, said Mayor Bruce Cox. "He's very thorough with what he does," he added of commission chairman Chuck Hartbauer. "I personally don't see a problem….I just think we're being too picky."
Sloan is also planning to purchase a 24/7 meat vending machine for the Wurst Haus that could be installed sometime in early 2021. The machine is going to be ordered from a German company.
"If you're not going to help businesses during a pandemic, (then) when are you?" Sloan told the board.