Posts Tagged ‘Vermillion’

VCDC Offers Flood Relocation Funds…to the Wealthy

Dang it, Steve.  The thing is, I really like you, and I think you’ve done good things for the community.

But it kind of sticks in my craw when I read in the Plain Talk that the Vermillion Area Chamber and Economic Development Company is offering relocation funding up to $5000 for victims of the Missouri River flood–that is, if they buy at least 100K worth of house or build a new one [Travis Gulbrandson, “VCDC offers flood relocation program,” 24 June 2011].

What this says to me is that the VCDC wants people who could afford nice homes on the river to bring their wealth to  Vermillion (a truly shocking revelation).  If you had a modest place that flooded out or you lost everything, well, don’t expect a helping hand. The VCDC isn’t offering relocation incentives to young people starting out or families trying to regain their footing in tough circumstances.

I think I have a better idea.  Sure, it won’t make the realtors quite as much cash, but what if the VCDC looked at their priority job development areas–say, food business or light industry or the non-profit sector–and then considered the more modest salaries those people might expect?  And then what if the VCDC decided to incentivize on an inverse scale?

Instead of offering more money as the price of the house goes up, why not offer more incentive as the price goes down?  People who can afford a $100K house probably don’t need a $3K grant, but I’ll bet a young (or not-so-young) person or couple looking in the $75-80K range could be enticed by that figure.  How about a slightly larger grant for people looking in the very modest range–an incentive to help fix up some of the not-so-lovingly-cared-for dwellings?

Now, that would be a strategy that wouldn’t make me choke so much on that final story quote from VCDC Executive Director, Steve Howe–that “…we’re taking care of our own.”


Home For Sale–the Insider Pics!

As you may know, I’ve switched over to Big Stone Bounty for blogging purposes.  But I still have a house in Vermillion, and I’m still hoping to sell it.  The list price is $77,500, and you can contact Barb Iacino at Dakota Realty for a tour.

Last weekend, my friend and neighbor (have I mentioned there are AWESOME neighbors?) grabbed his camera and took some outside and inside images of my historic district Forest Avenue home that is within short walking distance of downtown and campus.

Here are some of those images:

It’s a cozy cottage with stone facing chimney and window box.  The yard isn’t huge, but it is very functional, and you can even grow some gardens (as I did)–there’s good light.  There are a couple of heirloom apple trees out front, and nice perennial and herb plantings.  There’s a paved off-street parking pad.  Because it’s not a wide lot, mowing and snow removal and pretty lightweight.  Paint job is new in summer 2009.

The living room is huge and has a working fireplaceHardwood floors continue in the hall and master bedroom as well.  Lots of light!  We used part of the living room as a home office space.  I like the curved detail of the doorways going to front entryway and hall (not shown).  The programmable thermostat for the new 95% efficient furnace is also located in the living room.

The master bedroom is also huge and light.  The nook toward the front is good for a little dressing area or a desk.  Good-sized closet as well.  Hardwood floors add a nice glow to the space.

The bathroom makes a nice use of the space.  It’s not completely finished, but it is perfectly usable as-is, and new fixtures and a new tub surround have just been installed.  The bath is porcelain enamel-over-steel–not flimsy fiberglass.  The molding for the bathroom is in the house, but needs to be painted and attached.  The floor is tile with an inset mosaic of an orca (killer whale).  The storage closet has doors if you’d want to put them on–I liked them off.

This is the second (back bedroom).  It is completely paneled in knotty pine–even down to the inside ceiling of the closet!  It has a nice view of the backyard as well.  It makes a great kid’s room or more private office or project space.

View from the second bedroom down the hall to the master bedroom.  There is a pantry closet on the left (shown) with lots of wood shelving–there’s a second storage closet to the right (not shown) which has a shelf and hanging rod for coats, etc.  That closet also has cut-out in back for access to tub plumbing if needed.  You can also see the attic access (near the master bedroom) in this image.  There’s a couple feet of insulation up there.

The kitchen has fairly new Fiber Floor (two years old), and the stove is brand new late this summer.  It is apartment-sized, but I have never found that a barrier to canning massive quantities of food.  The fridge is large and was purchased about five or six years ago when I bought the house–it looks brand new and is pretty darn energy efficient, too.  I have the paperwork and manuals for every appliance in the house.

The kitchen has decent cupboard space, and again, the upper doors (and their hardware) are in the house–I just preferred them without doors.  Access to the side door and basement staircase is from the kitchen.  This is an eat-in space–there is plenty of room for a small-to-medium-sized table.

The basement is huge and is partially finished.  It also stays dry during rains–unusual in this area of Vermillion.  It has a laundry room and second toilet (shown) as well as a “bunker room” that is cinder-blocked in (not shown).  There was a stall shower down there, so there is plumbing to do a mop sink (which is on-site).  Did I mention that I had a 95% efficient furnace installed last fall?  The 68-gallon very well-insulated water heater means you won’t likely run out of hot water, and it won’t cost you a lot, either.

The backyard is very large–it goes all the way down the hill to Dakota Street.  There is some terracing and landscaping back there as well, and some nice trees.  I get to keep my wheelbarrow–sorry! As you can see from the first image, the house does have central air, though it’s not often necessary to use, as the house is nice and tight and stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Overall, this is a great low-maintenance home that is an inexpensive and very nice and “green” place to live with the efficient appliances and close proximity to campus and downtown.  It’s a quiet neighborhood with wonderful neighbors.

Have You Heard? My House is For Sale.

Perhaps this is not the perfect place to be broadcasting this fact, but I have to hope that with the dual readership of this blog and Big Stone Bounty, a post in both places might be a good way to move the process along.

Good ol’ 117 Forest

The house is listed with Dakota Realty, but the listing on their website (scroll down almost to the bottom) doesn’t come near to doing justice to my lovely little cottage.

So, this is justice.

It is a 2BR, 1 1/2 bath home on the best street in the best (historic) neighborhood in Vermillion.  It’s quiet; it’s so close to campus I never bothered buying a parking pass, and it’s also within very short walking distance of downtown.  Great neighborhood for kids if you have one–walking or biking distance as well to Jolley Elementary.

What’s special about this house?  It’s not just one of those crummy little rental places.  It’s a solidly built (in 1951) home with hardwood floors, a working (wood) fireplace, and a huge living room and master bedroom.  The living room’s so big, H and I used just a part of it for our office.

The smaller second bedroom is completely knotty pine paneled–even down to the ceiling inside the closet.  The lot runs all the way down the hill to Dakota Street, which means it’s fun for exploring, and it has a bit of terracing built into it as well.

The basement is partially finished and has a second toilet room/laundry.  It’s also one of the driest basements I know of in Vermillion–it could be finished or left as is for projects/workshop.

What else?  I just put in a brand new uber-efficient furnace and some new ductwork last November, which cut the heat bills almost in half.  It’s a solid little house, so it doesn’t cost much for utilities anyhow–and it has about 2 feet of insulation in the attic.

I also put in a super-efficient 68-gallon water heater, so running out of hot water is never a problem.  Washer/dryer and a chest freezer are included.

It’s got central air, though I’ve never had that much need of it except in very hot, humid summers–like I said, the house is solid, and it stays warm or cool very efficiently.  Programmable thermostat, of course.

The rest of the appliances are fairly new–the kitchen stove I replaced just a couple of weeks before I moved.  The tub surround and fixtures were replaced just about a week before I left.  Did I mention the bathroom has a tile floor with an inset mosaic of an orca?

To me, this house always seemed like a place to “trick out” with solid improvements and good quality appliances–I put new fiber floor in the kitchen within the past couple of years as well.

The nice thing about a small house is that you can make high-quality updates without a huge investment in materials.  It’s inexpensive to own and inexpensive to maintain.

North side garden

Did I mention gardens?  If you’re into that, the place has some nice ones–a couple of heirloom apple trees in the front yard, beautiful spring blooms, and a nice raised wrap-around herb/vegetable garden on the south/west sides as well.  It’s a snap to mow–takes about 10-15 minutes and you’re done.

Herb garden

I would not be selling this house except for the fact that if I’m going to own a property, it would make a lot more sense for me to own a farm–and preferably one that is a bit closer to where I’ve relocated for work.

So, I’m offering it for sale. Because it’s kinda hard for me to buy a farm when I’m paying a mortgage and rent at the same time.

It would make a great home for a young couple or small family, a single parent, professional, and/or faculty person.  Or maybe an older person retiring from the farm and wanting to live in a nice neighborhood in a property without too much to deal with in terms of upkeep.

So, check it out, and contact a realtor if you want to take a look inside.

And feel free to pass this along to anyone considering relocating to the banana belt. 😉

Floods R Us

Well, last night’s projected heavy rain didn’t materialize in this immediate area.

Or if it did, it’s hard to tell because I seem to recall only one semi-dry moment this season–when I decided to dig the new potatoes and figured out that just because it looked kinda dry on the surface didn’t mean I wouldn’t be excavating mudballs that I’d have to squish to find out if they were potatoes or just glops of saturated soil.

Heading out to the farm this morning to harvest for CSA deliveries, I met a dense wall of fog in the valley that allowed just enough visibility to see that the Vermillion River is out of its banks again at the first bridge on North University Road.  I had never seen that happen before this year.  So far this season, I’ve seen it twice.

August 3--Vermillion River at the first bridge on North University Road, looking north

I read last night that at the crest of this latest round of flooding, 25,000 acres of farmland between Davis and Vermillion will be inundated.

The corn is pulling its leaves in and starting to yellow–not the “late-summer-ripe-corn yellow,” but the “please-give-my-roots-some-oxygen yellow.”  You can tell where the edge of the flooding is by the fact that the corn in those margins is still a deep green.

The gardens are starting to show extreme moisture stress–in that everything that isn’t actively growing is starting to mold.  Anything with a hole or insect damage of any kind is simply rotting.  I spent part of my harvest time this morning disposing of anything with a fuzzy white sheen.

I did still manage to get a good harvest for today’s deliveries: summer squash and peppers, tomatoes and onions, cucumbers, basil and sweet corn.

The corn is from our neighbor’s acre-sized patch–she came outside when I pulled in the yard to tell me (again) to take as much as I want–to thank me for picking it (waste not-want not) as I was thanking her for sharing it, then ran back in the house to escape the mosquitoes.

I was wearing my headnet, of course.  I have not been on the farm without it for three months now.

At this point, the pickings are gleanings and secondary ears–there’s still a fair amount of corn out there, but it won’t be worth eating in another week.  So, I picked enough for all my members to have a dozen ears, and somehow managed to end up with a dozen extra for us.

I might go out and get a couple dozen more to go with those and do another round of canning–H has been sick for a couple of days, so he’s not really in the mood to eat more of it.  And no, it wasn’t the corn that made him ill, but getting ill in the temporal vicinity of eating so much corn has killed his appetite for it.

At any rate, the neighbor has a better view of the valley at her place (if the view can at this point be described as “better”), so I snapped a couple images of the perspective from there.

The river is supposed to rise a couple more feet before it starts to subside.  I was disappointed earlier this year that I never managed to get my kayak out in the flooded fields, but it looks like I’ll have another chance.

On my way back into town, I stopped to take the image at the top of this post, and saw our other neighbor (whose family members are almost all “conventional” farmers in this area) drive by.  She gave a friendly wave, then indicated the river, threw her hands up, and shook her head sadly as she headed past and into town.

Election Results: Dems Suck at Civic Engagement

Gee whiz, Dems.  I know your ballot wasn’t as full as Repubs, but don’t you know that real change comes on a local level?

Statewide, voter turnout was crappy in yesterday’s elections (34.5%), but those who proudly pronounce themselves the party of “community organizers” weren’t very well organized, with a pitiful 18.89% turnout to the elephants’ also-kinda-pitiful 36.24%.

In Clay County (arguably the most blue of all this red state’s counties), the overall turnout margin was much closer: Dems at 26.75% and Repubs at 30.4%.

In Vermillion’s Central Ward (the bluest of the blue–our little “Berkeley on the Prairie”), Republican turnout barely topped Dems by a .02% margin–that’s 141 out of 647 registered Dems showing up to vote (and some Independents are also counted in there, making things a hair confusing) compared to 53 out of 243 Republicans.

In all other wards in the county, registered Republican turnout percentages topped Democrats by 7-17 percentage points. What the heck?  There were no candidates running unopposed in the City elections, there was a primary for county commission, and still we couldn’t get our butts in gear to get to the polls?

Even with a number of self-identified progressive candidates on the ballot in our city elections, the status quo was cemented by low voter turnout and the apathy of our registered Dems.  In some wards, barely over 100 votes were cast to decide the election.

That’s not to say that a high turnout would’ve necessarily been a “throw the bums out” referendum (and that’s not to say I think all the incumbents are bums), but a higher turnout would’ve felt a little more like a input-based decision and less like an, eh. whatev.

The only incumbent candidate running for city council who didn’t win was in Central Ward, where the percentage turnout on both sides was almost equal.  And the margin by which John Grayson bested Mary Edelen was only 5 votes.  While city election aren’t party-identified, Edelen is registered “red” in a very blue ward.

In the mayoral race, Nick “Tick” Severson garnered 23.35% of the total vote–pretty impressive numbers considering such a low turnout on the side of the aisle that (c’mon, you know it’s true) would be most likely to vote for a young, first-time progressive candidate who’s not afraid to say he inhaled.

Looking at the Secretary of State’s site for turnout and results, it looks like voter apathy is a problem all across the state, but next time I hear someone “blue” bitch about our city’s elected officials, my first question will be, “well, did you vote in the last election?”  The second will be, “and how many other people did you encourage to vote?”

Poverty and Economic Development in Vermillion

I took my son to the candidate forum last week for residents running for alderman (City Council) and the mayoral position in Vermillion.

We were only able to stay for about 45 minutes–I wasn’t trying to torture my seven-year-old; I was trying to instill in him the importance of community government and being involved in the political process.  You know–good citizen stuff.

But we were able to stay for a few of the key question-and-answer segments that I wanted to hear.  One of the big questions posed by moderator Ted Muenster was about the high poverty rate in Vermillion, and what each candidate thought we could/should do to alleviate it.

Many of the candidates responded by saying what a great job our food pantry and the Welcome Table are doing by providing food and a prepared meal once a week to the less financially-stable members of our community.

I’m not here to say they aren’t doing a good job–I think those are wonderful community services, and I have had occasion to use both during my residency here.

But they don’t alleviate poverty–they alleviate one of the symptoms of poverty.

I’m not going to go into a holier-than-thou post about “teaching a man to fish” (or garden, or raise livestock)–what I am going to point out is that at least some of our candidates seem to be vastly out of touch with a fairly good-sized portion of our population and what can be done to help them.

I was heartened by some of the responses about adult education and job/skills training–though some of those seemed to be focused on  trying to funnel people into the university to get some higher education.

Perhaps I’m going against the grain a little here when I say that enrolling people in a four-year undergraduate program (assuming they don’t already have that degree) that will likely require them to go on for an advanced degree before they can apply that knowledge toward any kind of benefits-bearing, high-paying employment isn’t probably going to help much, either.

And often times the employment provided by that degree isn’t as high-paying as one would hope.  Student loan debt, while less problematic for most than credit card or mortgage debt, is still debt–and a long-term financial burden.

School hours take away from work hours as well, and may require further expenditures for things like child care and transportation.

A large portion of my online students are parents (some single) and have full-time jobs as well.  Many of them are completely maxed-out on time and money, and the stress causes many to give up their long-term educational goals for the short-term fulfillment of basic needs for themselves and their families.

And maybe that’s part of the puzzle.  For many in our population, the costs of maintaining transportation in order to get to a job, which may only pay enough to cover the child care costs incurred by going to work, is a pretty ridiculous choice to make.  Schooling seems completely out of reach in terms of both time and money.

Faced with that decision, it is no wonder some choose to simply stay home with their kids–that’s what I’d do, too.  While society may rail against “welfare mothers” or people “on the dole,” what’s more responsible–taking care of your kids or going to work at a job that only pays enough to allow you to pay someone else to take care of them?

A measure that would really help alleviate some of these types of problems is a living wage initiative.  Now, I know that will get some of the smaller employers howling (and hey–probably also the bigger ones!), but if we’re serious about curbing poverty here, we have to take steps to increase the wages of those who work but still can’t get by.

There is also a goodly segment of our population living near or below the poverty line who have all kinds of useful skills, but are unwilling to work for employers who pay minimum wage, treat their workers like–well, like wage slaves, and allow them no input on policies, procedures, work conditions or hours.

I’m not going to name any names here, but I’ve worked for quite a few employers in this town, and I’ve had some great experiences and some truly miserable ones. The best ones recognized my personhood, allowed for some flexibility in the position, and welcomed reasonable input.  Everyone who worked there was happier.

The worst ones–well, some I actually did work for, and some were near-misses.  During the aforementioned time when I had need of the food pantry, I went in to apply for a server position at a local restaurant.

I was in my mid-twenties, and I was set down at a table and handed a policy manual that included stipulations like asking a manager to inspect a towel before I was allowed to put it in a dirty linens hamper.

The idea behind that policy (and others similar to it, like my own pay being docked if I didn’t note a drink order–even if water or “no drink”–for each entrée on a ticket) was to cut costs, but the effect was to make me realize that this particular employer didn’t consider its employees responsible enough to determine whether or not a towel was dirty–or trustworthy enough not to steal drinks for customers.

What I realized, sitting there on my twenty-something birthday–broke and desperate for work with a B.A. degree under my belt and management positions on my resumé, was that I’d be paid dirt and likely be treated like crap and end up quitting or being fired for insubordination in less than a week.

I walked out and went looking for something I could swallow.

But I left, sitting at the next table, a younger woman who was also applying for a position.  She was slumped there with the policy manual and a kind of hopeless resignation on her face–like, “I guess this is how it has to be.”

I wanted to grab her arm and pull her out of there with me, but I wasn’t really in any position to help her with anything but platitudes at that point.

The truth is, I can be terribly insubordinate with employers who don’t recognize my personhood or my ability to think, reason, and be responsible.

And I know quite a few incredibly skilled, responsible people who are excellent workers and who are similarly insubordinate (see my Prairie Grass Collective post).  It’s not that they’re bad employees; it’s that they’re not willing to be treated and paid badly.

The reason for the emphasis on the and is that many young people will take a job that doesn’t pay a lot if they’re given some measure of respect and self-determination (and skills to build their resumé).

But, they may not be able to stick around if the job doesn’t cover their costs of doing the job (transportation and child care, if needed), as well as paying at least some of the other bills.  Hence the need for both better employers and better wages.

I want to tie this whole discussion back to that candidate forum my son and I went to last week, and to another question asked of the candidates–specifically about economic development and the Vermillion NOW! initiative.

For the uninitiated, Vermillion NOW! is a:

$1.5 million five-year strategic plan” to “actively recruit and attract new businesses to Clay County; establish a private sector, investor-driven Vermillion Opportunity Fund; develop a comprehensive marketing plan; create a culture of entrepreneurship; work to retain, attract, and train experienced and dependable workers;” and “provide transparency, oversight, and accountability.” [Vermillion NOW! Objectives.]

The question was posed along the lines of, “Do you support the goals of the Vermillion NOW! initiative,” and then something about further ideas/suggestions for economic development.

I’m not sure I could have thought of a more leading question–what were they supposed to say?  No?  Was this a test to make sure the candidates were on board with the bankers and real estate agencies?

And then there’s the fact that the moderator–Ted Muenster–whose name is the name of the new University student center, is one of the five co-chairs of the Vermillion NOW! leadership (along with the President of the University, for whom many of the candidates work).  No pressure there.

Nobody said no, of course, but I felt the best responses were more nuanced than a simple affirmative-and-praise model–and offered suggestions that included ideas for sustainable growth and thoughtful (which is, to my mind, different and better than “planned”) development.

A lot of candidates’ responses also had to do with the need for growth–“We’re stagnant!”  “Our population hasn’t grown in decades!”  “We have to grow!”  It seemed to me that many of the candidates (particularly the incumbents) have the “you’re either growing or dying” mindset.

And I’m not against Vermillion’s growth, per se.  Though I have noticed that a lot of the growth that has taken place in the seventeen or so years I’ve lived here has involved development in places that don’t have good access other than by motor vehicle and has involved strip malls and chain stores and restaurants.

And perhaps as a result of that kind of growth, the kind of dying I’ve seen has been of smaller, independently-owned shops and the downtown as a vibrant and walk-able, bike-able retail area.

One of the candidates gushed that Vermillion NOW! is such a great enterprise specifically because “it’s the citizens” who are doing it and not the local government/powers-that-be. Nevermind that the incumbent candidate who said this is one of the investors (and yes, also a citizen).

A look at the “Investor Honor Roll” shows that it’s mostly the same businesses and individuals that have been running this town for decades–and it is an arm of the Vermillion Chamber and Development Company, not a spontaneous grassroots effort of an engaged and proactive citizenry.

The goals of Vermillion NOW!, as stated on the website, fall into line with some of the things I’ve talked about here in this post–reducing poverty and increasing wages, as well as encouraging entrepreneurship, broadening the tax base, and recruiting and expanding business in the city.

But I have to wonder, with many of the same old-guard investors as we’ve pretty much always had (and who haven’t been successful in alleviating these problems and growing our population/economy before “NOW!”), what new ideas are we likely to see?  And how much thoughtful and sustainable growth are we likely to experience?

And here’s how it ties in with the earlier discussion about poverty in Vermillion: part of the Vermillion NOW! initiative is to reduce poverty and raise wages, but the direction of that initiative is provided by its Advisory Governance Council, made up of “investors contributing at least $10,000 per year or $50,000 in support of the campaign.”

And direction is also being provided by Sage Fundraising Solutions out of Orlando, FL.  It’s not made clear exactly how much the Vermillion NOW! initiative is paying them–only that they’re getting a “flat monthly fee” rather than a “cut” of the amount raised.

I’m not going to question the use of an outside consulting firm to help raise money and help with economic development strategy, but I will point readers to some interesting and possibly-related posts (and some good comments) on community “branding” campaigns using outside consulting/media firms.

Whose voices are not providing guidance for the economically-developed future of our community?  Well, a look through that list of investors reveals very few progressive voices (including those running for City Council or Mayor), and I’m guessing it also doesn’t contain many (if any) names of folks who frequent the well-regarded food pantry or dine at the Welcome Table out of necessity.

So what’s keeping me from tossing a Benjamin or two in the direction of Steve Howe’s office and the Vermillion NOW! campaign and getting on that list of investors who’ll shape the future of this community?

Partly it’s that I don’t think anything short of a few Grovers, a Madison, or maybe even a Salmon P. Chase is going to get my voice heard among a group that I’m fairly certain don’t share my views about development and sustainability.  Not to mention that I don’t tend to have that kind of cash available.

Maybe that sounds like sour grapes, but a conversation I had early on in the campaign with one of the Advisory Council about the need for thoughtful development, preserving our green and agricultural spaces from sprawl, the need for local food infrastructure, and the importance of sustainability resulted in a blank look, and a question about whether Sioux Falls (which apparently we should see as some sort of model of good development?) does those things.

Should I also add that the leadership contains only two women out of fourteen members?  And that those two women are all the way at the bottom of the power structure in the “Campaign Operations Committee”?

There’s also something troubling to me about a scenario wherein, “We, the Big investors are going to bring in some of what we think are good jobs for you, the impoverished, un-, and underemployed to be trained for and work.”

I’m sure it will be positive in some degree if Vermillion NOW! is successful in this endeavor, but it doesn’t really answer to some of the other problems with poverty and employment in this town.  And it feels like an answer based on telling people what they need rather than asking them.

Too, I’d say that we have a fairly good entrepreneurial spirit in this town, it’s just that many of the entrepreneurs might not fit into the mold of what those big investors want to see–too small, too scrappy, too new or different for their tastes.

And I’ve heard plenty of stories of local entrepreneurs trying to get funding in this town and being met with the “well, that’s certainly different” attitude of rejection.  That’s happened to me, too.  I mean, what the heck IS a CSA?  If I haven’t heard of it before, I’m sure as heck not going to invest in it…

But maybe the Vermillion NOW! initiative will change that attitude and bring some positive development in how entrepreneurs with new (rather than a new version of the same old thing) visions are regarded and funded.

And while voters don’t get a say about what the big (and little) investors of the Vermillion NOW! project are doing (unless they’ve put their money in that pot), with the election only five days away, perhaps the election results will give a clearer picture of the direction residents want their city’s growth to go.

Moving forward on a Saturday Market

Cross-posted from the Vermillion Area Farmers Market site.

We’ve been looking into the possibility of the Saturday morning farmers market in downtown Vermillion after many customer requests.  At our vendor meeting last night, we felt we had enough interest to move forward with the process.

The first step is to work with the city for the use of the public plaza on the corner of Main and Market Streets.  We’ll also be checking on our liability insurance coverage for that location, and our ability to use our EBT/debit machine (the USDA FNS lists a physical market location on our SNAP certificate–we have to be sure we can add another location).

Tentative dates and times for a downtown market: 9am-noon Saturdays from June 5-Sept. 25.

We’re hoping to pay another visit to the City Council at their May 3 meeting to seek approval for use of the public plaza  for those dates and times.