Farmers’ Market Closure Permit Narrowly Approved

Farmers' MarketThe Waukesha Building and Grounds Committee voted 3-2 Monday night in favor of closing Municipal Lot #1 to facilitate the 2013 Waukesha Farmers’ Market.

The Waukesha Downtown Business Association is attempting to move the market forward after being awarded management of the event this season due to the current state of limbo of the Waukesha BID.  The Waukesha Downtown Business Association ran the Farmers’ Market last year after the former BID executive director and most of the board members resigned, leaving the BID non-functional and unable to manage the market and other events.

Despite the obvious capabilities of the WDBA to manage the Farmers’ Market, two city officials want the Business Improvement District’s dissolution process resolved before issuing the necessary permits for the market to go on. Building and Grounds Committee members Kathleen Cummings and Eric Payne are the two who voted against approving the lot closure.

The Freeman quoted Eric Payne as stating, “The problem I’m having is that it’s a BID-sponsored event,” Payne said. “We need a Farmers Market, … but it’s their (the BID’s) event and to take it away from them right now, even though it’s in limbo, I don’t know if it’s the right thing.”

The Freeman quoted Kathleen Cummings concerns about insurance for the event, since when it was a BID-run event; the market was covered by the city’s [insurance] policy.

Waukesha Downtown Business Association President Roger Igielski said the WDBA has one insurance policy that covers all the organization’s events.  From Freeman Friday Night Live in the summer, trick-or-treat in the fall, and carriage rides in the winter. The insurance policy is current until May 18, at which point it will need to be renewed.

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