8/29/2013 3:00:00 PM Farmers Market moves back to city lot, for now
by Ken Haggerty
The Cannon Falls city council approved at its August 20 meeting the Saturday morning farmers market to move back to its old location in the city parking lot behind Scofields, near the gazebo, at least until Hwy. 19 construction is complete.
The council also approved vendors to use the city lot during the other six days of the week, through the harvest season.
A number of vendors came to the meeting and voiced concerns about reduced business, signage, and safety concerns with the Hwy. 19 traffic at the new location in the "park and ride" lot across from John Burch park and the bandshell.
The fact that the contractor on the Hwy. 19 project was using the park and ride overflow lot for staging construction equipment and materials also raised concerns. The overflow lot is supposed to be used for parking for patrons to the Saturday morning market.
Vendors said the amount of vendors, patrons, and overall atmosphere was much improved at the August 24 market.
City council member Bill Duncan and Merle Johnson voted against moving the Saturday morning market. Duncan said that change takes an adjustment period and that the city should at least give the market a full season in the new location and then review it. Duncan said there are safety and traffic issues at the old location as well. Duncan said no matter where the market is located, there needs to be some better organization, if not by the vendors then by the city.
The Council approved under the consent agenda a credit of $6,360 for Riverside Terrace on a utility bill. After getting a high sewer and water bill in January, they identified a leak. When weather permitted, leaks were repaired in April. Bills returned to normal in May. Credit is given as it is assumed a portion of the water did not enter the sewer system...Hentges request for payment for $115,951 for the Molenaar Clinic new turn lanes and access road was approved...The Fire Department pension will go from $1,700 per year of service to $1,900 under a motion passed under the consent agenda....The Fire Department sale of a trailer that was used for wave runners back to the dealer for $1,000 was approved. Yamaha had donated the wave runners in the past, but with a new boat, the department doesn't use them...The final library payment has been made. Total cost is $1,200,183.