Politics & Government

Perry council moves farmers market, hires city clerk

PERRY -- The city’s popular farmer’s market downtown is moving in October, but not very far.

The City Council on Tuesday approved a new contract for the market with a slight change in location. It is currently held each Saturday in the 800 block of Carroll Street, but the council decided to move it just around the corner to Jernigan Street.

Mayor Jimmy Faircloth said that’s because the market is now going to be open all year long, and the council did not want Carroll Street to be blocked each weekend all year.

“We can always change it back,” he said before the vote was taken.

The council also agreed to extend the hours from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market had been closing at noon.

It will remain in its current location until Oct. 3, when it will shift over to Jernigan, between Carroll and Commerce streets.

Catherine Edgemon, the Perry Main Street coordinator, said the market is moving to being open every Saturday because many of the vendors, such as a meat vendor, are not seasonal.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the council approved hiring Annie Warren as city clerk. Faircloth said previously the duties of the clerk were covered by the city manager, but the council decided to create a separate clerk position.

Warren was the city administrative assistant. Faircloth said after the meeting her new duties will involve more responsibility, with an emphasis on assisting and mayor and council with administrative duties.

To contact writer Wayne Crenshaw, call 256-9725.