11/14/2013 3:00:00 PM Farmers Market to move back in 2014
by Ken Haggerty
The Cannon Falls City Council unanimously voted to move the Farmers Market back to its old location in the city parking lot across from EconoFoods and behind Scofield Drug and Gift at their November 5 meeting.
The Council had relocated the market to the city's park and ride lots across from John Burch Park this year. It briefly returned to the old location when Hwy. 19 construction was going on.
City Administrator Aaron Reeves and Mayor Robby Robinson said most of the comments they had received from vendors and customers was in favor of the old location.
Robinson said he thinks the Farmers Market and the bikers in the same area are actually a good fit for each other.
Reeves said the city would like to see a simple registration form filled out by vendors so the city can keep in contact with them in case the lot is unavailable due to construction or another event.
Reeves said he would also like to see the vendors designate someone to be in charge of setting up traffic barricades to keep the area where vendors set up free of traffic. Reeves said it would also help if someone from among the vendors could handle questions from the public on how the market functions, register new vendors, and mediate any disputes that might arise among vendors.
Reeves said if the group can be self-administered, there is no need for the city to collect a fee. He is looking for vendors willing to volunteer for a market committee.
Vendor Byrl Johnson said in visiting with downtown merchants he thought most preferred the old location. He thinks it's more accessible for senior citizens as well.
Vendor Steve Josephson said he also thinks it's safer and called it a more congenial atmosphere.
It was also discussed that it would be safer if vendors during the week did not set up right next to the entrance of the lot and create a possible traffic hazard.