PERRY -- The Perry Farmers Market will move to a new home, near the core of Perry’s shopping district, later this year.
Perry City Council members signed off this week on the proposal by market organizer Jodi Daley of Land to Hand Inc., said City Manager Lee Gilmour.
Daley plans to shift the market to a more visible location where it would have room to grow.
The city-backed market has been held Saturdays behind the Perry Arts Center. It will open there March 7, but on May 2 will move to the 800 block of Carroll Street, in front of the old county courthouse.
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Gilmour said the City Council was glad to hear that nearby vendors support the shift. Catherine Edgemon, the city’s Main Street coordinator, said she has spoken to business owners who want to work with the market. Edgemon expects the market could drive some business to traditional downtown stores, who can also fuel some sales at the Perry Farmers Market.
“I think there’s going to be some synergy developing when it moves to that location,” she said.
In other business Tuesday, the council agreed to prohibit most signs from the city’s right-of-way. Other communities treat roadside signs as litter. Gilmour told The Telegraph on Wednesday that he doesn’t expect the council’s resolution to require much enforcement.
“By and large, the city has already been operating without a formal policy that council approved,” he said.
The city now requires upkeep of other things on city property, particularly mailboxes.
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