Committee to Resolve Tensions Between Attleboro Farmers Market, Library

Three members of the council have been appointed to a special committee to resolve issues between the Attleboro Farmers Market and the Attleboro Public Library.

The Attleboro City Council is hoping for a resolution to the conflict between the Attleboro Farmers Market and the by the end of this April.

During its meeting Monday, the council created a special committee and appointed Councilmen Jay DiLisio, Jeremy Denlea, and Mark Cooper.

The committee is charged with the specific task of thoroughly investigating the requested use of the parking lot by the Attleboro’s Farmers Lot as well as addressing the concerns of the Attleboro Public Library, to prevent a repeat of the 2011 situation and clearly identify the specific dates of operation.

The conflict between the Farmers Market and the Attleboro Public Library is over the use of the parking lot on 74 North Main St., which the Farmers Market believes it needs for its patrons on the Saturdays during the summer when it is open, while the library maintains that the Farmers Market occupies the majority of the lot and discourages people from coming to the library.

The committee is supposed to present solution to the full council by the end of April.

The issues between the Farmers Market and the Library may have led to some council members' opposition to the reappointment of three members of the library’s board of trustees.

Linda Binns, Eileen Struminski, and Cheryl Nimiroski were all up for reappointment and have all been long time members of the board of trustees.

Richard Conti described the three reappointments as “rubber stamps.”

“There are people in the City of Attleboro who are saying no, give the board of trustees new voices,” said Conti on why he opposed the reappointments.

“I think it’s a real disservice to criticize these people,” said Frank Cook. “It’s wrong to be saying a person is too old to serve because they’ve served 20 years.”

Councilman Jeremy Denlea said the process was “unprofessional.”

The reappointments will be voted on by the full committee next week.

paul March 16, 2012 at 01:26 PM
If Mayor Dumas wants people to visit downtown Attleboro he must offer free parking.
Just sayin' March 16, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Wow. http://www.thesunchronicle.com/articles/2012/03/16/news_update/11188109.txt Puts some things in perspective.
Fact Checker March 16, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Parking is free on weekends. During the week, the parking in municipal lots is hourly so that losers do not park all day and take up spots from people who want to do business in Attleboro. Believe this, if you cannot afford to park in Attleboro (what is it $.50/hour?) you cannot afford anything at the Farmer's Market.
paul March 17, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Good to see 2 Bay State Politicians standing up for a good cause and helping to get the story out.
Dolly March 21, 2012 at 01:05 AM
The Library "wants" to open. That doesn't mean it will. Remember people, the City has a budget! It must first restore hours on Thursday mornings before it can open on Saturdays during the summer. Let's see what FY13 budget is going to be. There are many places to park within a short walk of the North Main Street Municipal Parking Lot: Riverbank Road near the community garden, the Court House, Sanford Street Municipal Parking Lot, Sanford Street Parking Garage, Bank Street Parking Lot, Bank Street, Hayward Street, Dean Street, Academy Avenue and more. It's sad that people are unwilling to walk a bit.


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