Farmers market return

Volunteers are gearing up for a second year of weekly farmers markets in Bayne Park this summer and fall, and Bellevue Council is expected to give its approval later this month.

Questions regarding the cost to the borough for holding the markets in the park were brought up at Tuesday’s pre-council meeting. Parks committee chair Tom Hrynda said that it cost the borough $1,500 in public works labor last year, but it was not clear how much of that cost was attributable solely to the farmers market, as the DPW also sets up for the park’s summer concerts and movies held the same evenings as the market.

There was also an issue regarding requested electrical upgrades, expected to cost $800. Library director Ellen Goodman told council that while the upgrades would be beneficial to the market, they also are needed by the library for outdoor programs that need electricity.

Council member Linda Woshner said that she had concerns about damage to the grass in the park, and wondered if booths could be moved so as not to wear down the same area every week.

The markets are sponsored by a private organization, the Bellevue Initiative for Growth and Revitalization (BIGr). A donation of $500 was made to the library by BIGr after last year’s market season, Goodman said.