The Dumas and Moore County Chamber of Commerce has launched a bi-weekly Facebook live video series called Dumas Chamber Chat. The October 2, 2019 episode featured Dumas mayor Bob Brinkmann.
During the 20+ minute interview the mayor discussed several topics including downtown construction projects, dumpster replacement, food trucks, and a new microbrewery businesses under construction inside the old Phillips & Sons building.
Anyone driving downtown has most likely been frustrated with the construction taking place. That’s not going to get better anytime soon according to Brinkmann who estimates that current construction projects along Dumas Avenue could last another year. Crews are working to replace aging underground utility infrastructure. The current underground utility lines were originally installed as early as the 1930’s and need updated. The city is working to replace the lines before the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) begins major construction on the highway through town in 2020.
The topic of food trucks was also discussed in the chamber chat. Dumas has seen several food trucks make it their home over the last few years. Brinkmann says in the Facebook live broadcast that he doesn’t have a problem with food truck businesses, in general, and thinks they should continue to have a place in the community. However, with the beautification of downtown being a current priority, the mayor seems concerned the trucks will clutter the downtown area. Current downtown beautification efforts will focus on local brick and mortar businesses.
Mr. Brinkmann said the Dumas City Commission recently voted to change zoning laws to allow for the addition of a microbrewery business downtown in the old Phillips & Sons building at 7th & Dumas Avenue.
Microbreweries are one of the fastest growing industries in the United States according to Brinkmann. The Toppled Turtle Brewing Company is currently under construction inside the old Phillips & Sons building. Their Facebook page states the brewery will be open late fall of 2019.