Keep­ing an eye on the farm­ers’ mar­ket

The Peterborough Examiner - - Front Page - JOELLE KOVACH EX­AM­INER STAFF WRITER

City coun­cil­lors will dis­cuss a plan on Tues­day to have city staff keep an eye on the Peter­bor­ough Farm­ers’ Mar­ket to en­sure there are no vi­o­la­tions of the li­cens­ing agree­ment.

Ear­lier this month, Town Ward Coun. Dean Pap­pas put for­ward a no­tice of mo­tion that city staff be di­rected to “mon­i­tor” for any pos­si­ble vi­o­la­tions of the agree­ment be­tween the city and the Peter­bor­ough and Dis­trict Farm­ers’ Mar­ket As­so­ci­a­tion (PDFMA).

Coun­cil will be ex­pected to dis­cuss it fur­ther at a coun­cil meet­ing on Tues­day (not Mon­day, due to the Vic­to­ria Day hol­i­day).

Un­der a rental agree­ment, the PDFMA has ex­clu­sive use of part of Mor­row Park to op­er­ate the Peter­bor­ough Farm­ers’ Mar­ket ev­ery Satur­day morn­ing.

On May 1, five lo­cal farm­ers and ar­ti­sans were evicted from the mar­ket; the PDFMA’s pres­i­dent and di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing have not been avail­able for interviews since.

But eviction let­ters state that the ousted farm­ers had made dis­parag­ing com­ments about the mar­ket and in­di­vid­u­als on the board of di­rec­tors, and they were gos­sip­ing and mak­ing false al­le­ga­tions.

Mean­while the mar­ket also in­cludes some ven­dors who re­sell pro­duce they ob­tained from else­where – such as the On­tario Food Ter­mi­nal in Toronto – with­out ex­plicit ad­ver­tis­ing telling cus­tomers where the food comes from.

That doesn’t sit well with one cit­i­zen, the grand­son of the man who be­queathed Mor­row Park to the city.

Ian Falkner’s grand­fa­ther, Harold Mor­row, gave the land to the city about 80 years ago with the un­der­stand­ing it would be used for­ever as a place to pro­mote Peter­bor­ough County’s agri­cul­ture.

Falkner told The Ex­am­iner re­cently he’s up­set that lo­cal farm­ers are be­ing ousted when re­sellers can re­main.

Coun. Don Vas­sil­iadis won’t par­tic­i­pate in Tues­day’s dis­cus­sion; he de­clared a pe­cu­niary in­ter­est when the no­tice of mo­tion was brought up, ear­lier this month, since his fam­ily cater­ing busi­ness has a booth at the mar­ket.

Also on coun­cil’s agenda Tues­day:

Char­lotte St.

Coun­cil­lors will vote a fi­nal time on a plan to have Char­lotte St. re­designed with pedes­tri­ans in mind – and to hire the firm AECOM to come up with the de­tailed draw­ings.

The $4.5-mil­lion re­con­struc­tion of Char­lotte St. down­town – be­tween Aylmer and Wa­ter streets – is ex­pected to give pri­or­ity to pedes­tri­ans, es­pe­cially in sum­mer.

For ex­am­ple, there will be on-street park­ing in the win­ter only; in sum­mer, the park­ing ar­eas would be blocked off with por­ta­ble bol­lards and streets fur­ni­ture would be set out to cre­ate cafe pa­tios.

There will also be other street fur­ni­ture and new trees placed close to the traf­fic, and curbs pro­trud­ing beyond the on-street park­ing zone.

Sec­ondary suites

Coun­cil will vote a fi­nal time on a plan to le­gal­ize all base­ment apart­ments across the city – no re­zon­ing re­quired.

If the plan goes for­ward, it will mean le­gal­iz­ing apart­ments within sin­gle-fam­ily houses, row­houses or in ac­ces­sory build­ings on a res­i­den­tial prop­erty.

City plan­ner Brad Ap­pleby told coun­cil­lors at a meet­ing May 14 that the city re­ally has no choice in the mat­ter: un­der new pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­tion, cities across On­tario are com­pelled to al­low sec­ondary suites;

Moor­ing fees

Coun­cil­lors will vote a fi­nal time on a plan to implement a 10 per cent in­crease in moor­ing fees at Peter­bor­ough Ma­rina in 2019.

They will also vote on a plan to ded­i­cate more slips for those who want to dock their boats for the sea­son.

Right now, 58 of the ma­rina’s 95 slips are set aside for sea­sonal boaters; that’s 61 per cent.

But a city staff re­port states there is a wait­ing list of more than 50 peo­ple who’d like to moor their boats for the sum­mer at Peter­bor­ough Ma­rina.

Mean­while there’s plenty of room for tran­sient boaters ev­ery sum­mer: they never have to turn any­one away.

That’s why city staff rec­om­mends set­ting aside 70 slips at Peter­bor­ough Ma­rina for sea­sonal boaters in­stead of 58.

The re­port also states that the city is charg­ing marginally more than other mu­nic­i­pally-run mari­nas in the area.

It cur­rently costs $2,065 to dock for the sum­mer at Peter­bor­ough Ma­rina, for ex­am­ple, com­pared to $1,820 in Lake­field.

Still, city staff rec­om­mends a 10 per cent in­crease in moor­ing fees: the de­mand is so great, the re­port states, that the mar­ket will likely tol­er­ate it.

Still­man Park

Coun­cil­lors will vote a fi­nal time to re­name a north-end park af­ter two-time NHL Stan­ley Cup cham­pion and city na­tive Cory Still­man.

The pro­posal is to re­name Olym­pus Park on Olym­pus Ave., where Still­man grew up. It will be called Still­man Park in­stead.

Still­man, who has coached the On­tario Hockey League’s Sud­bury Wolves since last May, is also a co-owner of Fire­house Subs on Lans­downe Street West.

The Still­man fam­ily home, where he was raised, is on Olym­pus Ave. and for many years through­out the 1970s, his fam­ily built and main­tained the skat­ing rink in the park bor­dered by Royal Dr.

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