3/4 Main Street Expansion Set for Farmers Market

The debate on whether or not to expand the West Bend Farmers’ Market has been settled. Last night at the Common Council meeting, West Bend Mayor Kraig Sadownikow broke a 4-4 tie among aldermen with the deciding vote. The result… the Farmers market will expand farther south on North Main Street this summer. The decision will now allow the Downtown West Bend Association to use the street for additional vendors. According to the West Bend Daily News Aldermen voting to allow the expansion were Tony Turner, Ed Duquaine, Allen Carter and Steve H o o g e s t e r. Voting against were aldermen Steve Hutchins, Randy Koehler, Adam Williquette and Roger Kist.This vote was postponed from three weeks ago, when aldermen demanded the DWBA meet with the minority of downtown businesses that did not want the outdoor market extended in front of their storefronts.
A community discussion on the issue was held last week at the University of Wisconsin-Washington County.  The Farmers’ Market has been on North Main Street and small sections of side streets between Old Settlers Park north to the turnaround at West Washington Street. This summer, it will stretch an additional 200 feet south on North Main Street to the turnaround in front of the West Bend Theater and the Centrum building. This year Farmers’ Market is scheduled to be held each Saturday morning from May 24 through October 25.
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