Council Lifts Farmers Market Rules

Farmers Market organizers say the weekly event will take place in Attleboro this year.

In a major case of "what a difference a week makes," the City Council on Tuesday voted to lift most of the restrictions it had placed last week on the Attleboro Farmers Market. In response to the decision, market organizers backed off their earlier statement .

Among the changes approved on Tuesday, the market will not have to hire police detail unless the police chief determined it was needed. Also, most of the parking restrictions on market patrons for the 74 North Main Street municipal lot next to the library were removed.

The two related measures (one regarding the summer months and the other regarding the fall months) were approved by votes of 9-2 (Peter Blais and Jeremy Denlea opposed) and 8-3 (Blais, Denlea and Sara-Lynn Reynolds opposed). Discussion and debate lasted more than three hours.

"We are really pleased," said Eddie Porreca, vendor coordinator for the farmers market, after the meeting. "This was an example of democracy in action. The system worked."

Linda Binns, acting chair of the Library Board of Trustees, did not share Porreca's enthusiasm.

"[The council] threw us under the bus," she said. "We tried our best to approach this with dignity and it didn't work."

Binns said she feared the approved measures would create a safety risk. However, she said the library would manage to co-exist with the market when it takes place on Saturdays from June to October (with no market taking place on the Saturday of the library bookfair).

Porreca said, as they did last year, organizers would offer library officials a tent and table to promote their events and do whatever else they wanted during the market.

The market issue was back on the agenda because Councilor Jonathan Weydt had filed a motion the day after last Tuesday's meeting for the council to reconsider its decision on the restrictions.

Just sayin' April 13, 2012 at 11:23 AM
gigi - likely he hit "cap lock - s -s -u " instead of "a - s -s - u" as the cap lock, a, and s keys are neighbors on the keyboard
GiGi Grace April 13, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Yes. likely.
Adam Tellier April 13, 2012 at 03:20 PM
That is exactly what happened. Thank you for explaining it. Apparently some do not recognize the concept of a typo.
Dolly April 18, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Kramer, I'm interested in your clarification also.
GiGi Grace April 27, 2012 at 12:32 AM
I had a good laugh reading Tuesday’s Sun Cronicle, Attleboro Notebook page B5, subtitled Praise for the rec chief. Certainly Mr. Walsh has done a good job in his position as Director. Councilor Peter Blais’ comments were startling when he disclosed that he carried a .38 caliber hand gun to work on Pine Street for protection every day. He has said more recently that he is retired so I wonder where he keeps that gun now. With this disclosure by Mr. Blais, I can’t help wondering what his definition is of “public safety”. Imagine that he wants the Attleboro Farmers Market to locate in an area he doesn’t go to unarmed!


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