Festivals Fredonia Inc. is wishing the best for the Fredonia Farmers' Market, which recently announced plans to go independent.
During a recent Fredonia Village Board special meeting, it was announced a letter was received from Festivals Fredonia informing the village that the executive board of directors made a decision at their recent annual board meeting not to pursue the operating or requesting permissions for use to hold the annual Summer Farmers' Market for the 2014 season.
"As the winter market vendors have expressed an interest in forming their own corporation and assuming control over both the winter and summer farmers' markets, and the village board seems receptive to the idea, we have decided that we will gladly step aside and let the Summer Market go under new management," the letter stated. "We would like to wish the newly forming organization success with their endeavors with the operation of both markets and look forward to possibly partnering with them in future events."
OBSERVER Photo by Greg Fox
During a recent Fredonia Village Board special meeting, it was announced that Festivals Fredonia Inc. would not pursue the operating or requesting permissions for use to hold the annual Summer Farmers’ Market for the 2014 season. Festivals Fredonia is wishing the best for the farmers’ market as it goes forward with its plans to become independent. Pictured, from left: Trustees Susan Mackay and Phyllis Jones and Village Administrator Richard St. George.
The letter was signed by the Festivals Fredonia Executive Board of Directors, which includes Todd Langworthy, Jim Nau, Mary Jane Starks and Jamie Rocque.
Farmers' Market President Pro Tempore Margaret Bruegel said at a past village board meeting that the farmers' market is hoping to grow as a result of the decision to form as its own entity.
"(We would like for it to be) a complete community organization, rather than being run by one organization that has limited manpower and limited resources," she said. "We have a lot of exciting opportunities moving forward ... with expanding different programs that we want to do. By becoming an independent organization, we have the freedom to be able to work with a lot of those opportunities."
Festivals Fredonia stepped forward this past February to run the market after the resignation of Barbara Sam for the purpose of retirement. Sam was the primary organizer of the market.
Also during the meeting, John Monaco of Fredonia was appointed as an alternate member to the Zoning Board of Appeals, with a term to expire at the end of 2018. Trustee Marc Ruckman voted against the measure.
Mayor Stephen Keefe announced some progress on the development of a new village website.
"We have two trustees looking into the website," he said. "They're going to be asking for RFPs (request for proposals) for our website, which will be what it would cost and everything like that, so that will be coming in the near future, and then we'll be acting on that."
Fredonia residents and firefighters Kirk Miller and Daniel Aldrich were both appointed to the positions of full-time temporary contingent firefighters at an hourly rate of $17.20 with no health care benefits provided, effective Jan. 5. Both are subject to a probationary period of 18 months.
A resolution was approved allowing for the village to contribute $500 to the Festivals Fredonia Committee for promotional expenses associated with the Miracle on Main Street Festival.
Fredonia residents Kevin St. George, Chris Curry, Brian Clukey II and Pamela Clukey were added to the active rolls of the J.S. Lambert Hook and Ladder Company.
A workers' compensation claim by Sergeant David Price of the police department was granted by the board after it reviewed his application and determined he incurred a performance of duty injury.
The board entered into executive session to discuss personnel at the fire and police departments.
The next regular meeting is Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Trustees Room of the village hall. A workshop session will be held one hour prior to that meeting.
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