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Farmers Market Rules to Get Second Look

The issue is going back to the Attleboro City Council at the request of Councilor Jonathan Weydt.

Nearly , that at times became heated debate, was not enough to settle the dispute between library and farmers market officials over use of the municipal parking lot on 74 North Main Street. One week after the council approved new rules for the market, the issue will go back to the governing panel tonight at the request of Councilor Jonathan Weydt.

The new rules approved last Tuesday by the divided council include a requirement for the market to hire a police officer and a prohibition on market customers from parking in the lot located next to the  where the market takes place from June to October. While the acting chair of the Library Board of Trustees praised the rules as a good solution to meet public safety concerns, market officials are opposed. They say the requirement to hire a police officer is not financially feasible and .

Weydt filed a motion last Wednesday for the council to reconsider the decision. He told Attleboro-Seekonk Patch that "the future of the Attleboro Farmers Market is in jeopardy" and the council's decision "sent a message that Attleboro is anti-business."

Farmers Market President Heather Porreca wrote in a statement that appeared on the market's website and on Attleboro-Seekonk Patch, "Our immediate decision of our location [for the market] will be the result of what transpires at the next council meeting."

Linda Binns, acting chair of the Library Board of Trustees, did not respond to Attleboro-Seekonk Patch's request for comment about the issue of reconsideration.

Weydt said in an interview on Friday that he had received an overwhelming amount of feedback about his action, most of it positive.

"I've been getting phone calls and an outpouring of support from people hoping things change a little bit," he said. "It's been crazy. I've never had so many phone calls about anything as much as this issue."

The special council meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at . The council also has its regular committee meetings tonight as well as a closed session regarding the Attleboro Redevelopment Authority. The order of the meeting will be determined tonight.

Alice Allard April 12, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Kramer: I don't think that you have all of the details. When I shopped at the AFM a couple of times last year I saw and donated at a table for the animal shelter. So I think that AFM was supportive of them along with some other folks that had set up seeking donations. AFM folks are trying to make a difference in the city, but have been given some detours with which they have been willing to work around. I get the feeling from seeing all of the happy faces last year that the community wanted and appreciated AFM. Though new to the city, I believe that they are doing us a service. Please find out if the shelter or others were allowed to participate in the market before calling them out.
Lb4Lb April 12, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Why doesn't the library sell books at the AFM all season long? The library should leverage the AFM to its fullest with the increased traffic that it will bring. The APL had better re-invent itself quickly before it goes the way of the typewriter and joins the ranks of nearby public librairies that are closing.
Roberta Collins April 12, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Alice-You are correct. The shelter was at the AFM last year along with the Attleboro Dog Park Committe and some other non-profits. As past Co-chair of the Attleboro Dog Park Committee I manned one of our tables several times. The AFM allowed us space every other week and the shelter every other week to educate the public on our cause and never charged us a dime. I also know for a fact that not only was the shelter and dog park allowed but also other non-profits as well. AFM did this for us and othesr as a "Community" service when they very well could have charged us to use this space. Not only did AFM give us a space, but every week that we were there, the folks help us to set up and take down our materials. I also know that when the shelter was having their Fall fund raiser, that AFM let the volunteers walk around the market and hand out flyers promoting the event. I don't know how much more people think that they could do. They were fair to all and I find it horrible that people forget just how good AFM was to all. Though I no longer live in Massachusetts and have stepped down from the Dog Park, I felt that people should know first hand just how kind AFM was to us. They helped the Dog Park spread the word about our goals and allowed us to set up donation jars towards fencing. I was very happy to learn that they will return this year. Congratulations AFM---you guys ROCK!! Roberta M. Collins Past Co-chair Attleboro Dog Park
Steven Scott April 12, 2012 at 06:04 PM
the market will NOT be held on the day of the book sale.("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). As to your 1st objection,who better to make public safety decisions ?
EVP April 12, 2012 at 06:43 PM
I always get a kick out of the "Liberal Spin" lumping elders in with dogs and cats. Elders are far more important than Fluffy and Fido. The "Dogs and Cats" are people to crowd make me puke! You are not better than anyone.

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