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Coun­cil will get feed­back from down­town busi­nesses be­fore giv­ing go-ahead

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Down­town busi­nesses will have their say be­fore town coun­cil makes a de­ci­sion on a re­quest to hold the Mar­ket to Main Street event in New Glas­gow this sum­mer.

The Town of New Glas­gow will be seek­ing in­put from down­town busi­nesses be­fore it gives the OK for the New Glas­gow Farm­ers Mar­ket to hold a Mar­ket to Main Street event in a por­tion of Provost Street in down­town New Glas­gow.

The New Glas­gow Farm­ers Mar­ket has re­quested the town al­low them to close a por­tion of the down­town for a day in 2019 so or­ga­niz­ers can trans­form it into an out­door res­tau­rant with food that comes from mar­ket ven­dors.

Kristi Rus­sell, mar­ket man­ager, had or­ga­nized the same event in 2016 which drew about 160 peo­ple and re­ceived pos­i­tive feed­back.

“To date it’s one of the best events I ever went to down­town,” Coun. Troy MacCul­loch said.

But be­fore coun­cil gives their bless­ing, Coun. Frank Proud­foot sug­gested it was best to con­sult busi­nesses in the down­town area to see if they had any con­cerns.

While traf­fic would be shut down through the area at the time of the event, it would re­main open to foot traf­fic and Ger­a­lyn Mac­Don­ald, who is di­rec­tor of com­mu­nity eco­nomic devel­op­ment, be­lieves it could ac­tu­ally be a ben­e­fit to those busi­nesses in the area by bring­ing peo­ple into the area. Many are closed dur­ing that time of day on a Satur­day, but she sug­gested they could open for spe­cial hours.

“From the event from 2016, we didn’t re­ceive any com­plaints,” she said.

Coun. Joe Mac­Don­ald, how­ever, said he did hear from some res­i­dents that they don’t like when the down­town is closed for events such as the Johnny Miles Marathon.

Coun­cil­lors ul­ti­mately de­cided to hold off un­til town staff has had a chance to send let­ters re­quest­ing feed­back from the busi­nesses.

“It’ll al­low us to make a bet­ter de­ci­sion that we’re sure of,” Proud­foot said.

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The New Glas­gow Farm­ers Mar­ket first held a Mar­ket to Main Street event in 2016. They hope to hold it again in 2019.

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