NEW MARKET – Town Council members approved several action items during their brief meeting on Monday evening.
Most of Monday night’s discussion came during a vote to approve the New Market Farmers’ Market moving locations starting Friday.
The farmers’ market has been set up behind the 7-Eleven, but the organizers asked the Town Council to approve the move to the downtown parking lot. The market is open on Fridays from March through November. The market organizers also requested that council members waive the merchants’ fees for vendors.
Council members were all in favor of letting the farmers’ market move downtown and set up their signs beforehand for more exposure.
“We’ve been wanting people to come downtown,” Councilman Tim Palmer said. “This is the perfect way of getting them to come downtown and do more shopping.”
To move forward with an application for funding for the water tower project, Town Manager Todd Walters said he needed to show the town was willing to fund new drinking water projects.
“You’re not committing to anything other than the application process to see if they will provide us funding,” Walters told council members.
Council members also appointed Donna Lohr as the town’s second Freedom of Information Act officer to fulfill requests if Walters is not in the office. They also approved recommending Bill Stevenson to continue to sit on the board of zoning appeals for the town.
Council members passed all of Monday’s motions unanimously.
Before adjourning the meeting, Walters told council members about his meetings with the county and their progress on the economic development strategic plan. Walters stressed how important it was for the towns to work together to improve the county as a whole and he said he thought the county is moving in the right direction when it comes to development.
“Once this study’s done, he’s going to provide the county with a lot of information,” Walters said. “All this stuff is great, but you can’t set it on the shelf; you’ve got to put it to work.”