CONWAY CONSIDERING FARMER’S MARKET

by Christian Mower on April 26, 2013

THE TOWN OF CONWAY WILL ASSESS THE IMPACT OF A PROPOSED LOCAL FARMER’S MARKET IN NORTH CONWAY VILLAGE AFTER A PLAN FOR ONE WAS PRESENTED TO SELECTMEN AT THEIR REGULAR MEETING TUESDAY AFTERNOON.

TOWN MANAGER EARL SIRES SAYS MARKET ORGANIZERS INCLUDE LOCAL FARMERS, A MEMBER OF AN ORGANIC FARMERS ASSOCIATION AND THE UPPER SACO VALLEY LAND TRUST. THE GROUP WANTS TO OPEN A FARMER’S MARKET NEAR WHITAKER WOODS THAT WOULD BE OPEN SUNDAY MORNINGS FROM LATE JUNE THROUGH OCTOBER – AND HAS ASKED THE TOWN OF CONWAY TO BE ITS CO-SPONSOR.

SIRES SAYS SELECTMEN ASKED FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE IMPACT TRAFFIC WOULD HAVE ON THE AREA – AND SAYS THEY WANT TO GET REACTION FROM LOCAL BAKERS AND OTHER RETAILERS BEFORE PROCEEDING WITH THE PLANNING.

ORGANIZERS CITE A NUMBER OF ADVANTAGES THE MARKET WOULD BRING, INCLUDING PROVIDING A VARIETY OF FRESH, SEASONAL AND HEALTHY FOODS – SOCIAL BENEFITS BY ALLOWING NEIGHBORS TO MEET AND ENJOY THE OUTDOORS – KEEPING THE MAJORITY OF THE MONEY GAINED LOCALLY – AND GENERATING TRAFFIC FOR NEARBY BUSINESSES.

THE GROUP SAYS A DOZEN VENDORS HAVE ALREADY VERBALLY COMMITTED TO SUPPLY PRODUCE AND PRODUCTS FOR THE MARKET. SIRES EXPECTS TO HAVE THE ANSWERS HE NEEDS FOR SELECTMEN TO DETERMINE IF THE PLAN IS FEASIBLE SOMETIME IN MAY, 2013.

IN OTHER BUSINESS, SELECTMEN VOTED TO ISSUE A HAZARDOUS AND DILAPIDATED BUILDING ORDER FOR A SMALL ABANDONED HOUSE AT 38 HOBBS ST. IN CONWAY. THE HOUSE WAS RECENTLY INSPECTED BY THE BUILDING INSPECTOR AND A FIRE CHIEF – AND FOUND TO BE IN POOR CONDITION, AN ADVANCED STATE OF DECAY, SINKING INTO ITSELF – WITH BROKEN WINDOWS AND AN OPEN DOOR THAT HAS ALLOWED EASY ACCESS FOR PEOPLE AND ANIMALS.

CONWAY FIRE CHIEF STEVE SOLOMON SAYS HE HAS SEEN A NUMBER OF CATS INSIDE THE HOUSE. HE SAYS IT’S A FIRE HAZARD – AND A HAZARD TO PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY – AND RECOMMENDS IT BE DEMOLISHED. SIRES SAYS THE HOMEOWNER WILL BE GIVEN TIME TO RESPOND TO THE ORDER AS PART OF DUE PROCESS.

SELECTMEN ARE CONSIDERING INSTALLING A GATE TO CONTROL ACCESS TO THE TRANSFER STATION. AND SOMETIME THIS SUMMER, CUSTOMERS AT THE TRANSFER STATION WILL BE ABLE TO USE CREDIT CARDS TO PAY FOR DISPOSAL FEES.

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