The November 16th Town Council Regular Meeting plans to deal with the parking war taking place on Madison Avenue involving Wendall Distributing and local citizens.
The What —The issue stems from Wendell’s Distributing’s inability to park and unload delivery trucks without inflicting damage on the properties of private citizens.
The Why — One of the issues is that Wendell is the only Anheiser-Busch distributor on the entire Eastern Shore, so the inventory is enormous. That means many deliveries, with most, if not all, coming in large tractor-trailer rigs. Why has the truck problem not been resolved? Efforts have been made, but it is not an easy problem to solve.
Gossip, Rumor, and Sources — Off-the-record accounts and other sources tell the Mirror that this problem is a symptom of other issues taking place within the business. According to sources, the long-time President and CEO, Frank Wendell is now considered persona non gratis at the Madison Avenue location. The day-to-day operations are now being handled by younger, less experienced staff. Sources tell the Mirror that the absence of Mr. Wendell’s experience and expertise in large part accounts for the gap we are seeing in the proficiency of warehouse operations.
What’s Next? Since the distributor and the neighbors have not been able to reach a favorable compromise, this falls into the lap of Town Manager John Hozey, who has the unenviable task of devising a solution that even the Town Council can grasp.
This business is on the agenda at the November 16th meeting:
Parking Restrictions on Portion of Madison Avenue
i. Presentation from Citizens
ii. Presentation from Wendell’s Distributing
iii. Resolution of Intent 20231116
The meeting will be held at 6:30 at the Cape Charles Civic Center, immediately following the public hearing.