Rain, Rain, Go Away

It certainly has been a wet spring, but the weather is now taking its toll on area businesses.

Posted: May 14, 2019 6:21 PM

The parking lot at Twin Ponds Golf Club is empty, and the golf course is saturated with water. Twin Ponds Golf Pro Gary Grabinski has been in the industry for thirty years, and tells us all the rain is taking its toll on business.

"It’s never been this bad. It’s never been this bad. I mean we’ve had bad springs the last couple years. Last year was a bad April. It was horrible, but it wasn’t like this. I mean we still got play out. It was cold. You know people would still put a coat on and go play, but when it gets this bad you can’t even send people out."

Dan Lounsbury has no choice but to send his guys out. He's the President of LPC Grounds Maintenance. His lawn mowing business is difficult to run when the lawn’s get soaked, and when he can’t mow, it costs him money.

"There’s certain areas of certain properties you just can’t do em’, and you have to explain to the customer it will do more damage mowing than we will… it’s just not worth it. You have to wait, and for the most part everybody’s been pretty understanding."

Business at Harley Davidson of Utica is actually doing ok considering. The roads aren’t ideal for motorcycles to be out on, but General Manager Steve Coupe says bikers are an optimistic group.

"Everybody in this area knows that it’s spring time. We’re going to have some rain, then we’re going to have some sunshine. Eventually it is going to get warm. Summer’s going to be here, so they’re hopeful. Eventually the sun’s going to come out, and it does every year."

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