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Farmers' market will return to Clark Park

Selectmen approve 12 special event permits

April 22, 2010
WOLFEBORO — At its April 7 meeting the Wolfeboro Board of Selectmen reviewed the application from Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.) to renew the license to hold the Wolfeboro Area Farmers' Market at Clark Park for a second year.

Susan Weeks of Tuftonboro, Chair of the Wolfeboro Area Farmers' Market, appeared before the board with Josh Arnold, Executive Director of G.A.L.A. Weeks pointed out that there were only two changes from the 2009 agreement, one involved a minor change in hours to make loading and unloading easier, and the second involved the issue of liability. Weeks said the group felt that its liability should be limited to the hours that the farmers' market is open, and the language in the license should reflect that.

Town Manager Dave Owen said he had just received comments from Town Counsel Mark Puffer who advocated keeping the liability language unchanged.

Weeks also said that a handicapped portable toilet was needed on the site since the bathroom facilities in Wolfeboro Historical Society buildings were not accessible. Selectmen agreed that the Parks and Recreation Department could make the arrangements and be reimbursed by the farmers' market.

Selectman Chair Linda Murray raised the question of parking. Weeks said that vendor parking in 2009 was a problem due to construction both at Huggins and All Saints Church, but there should be no problem this year having vendors park at All Saints to keep the parking spaces in the park clear for visitors and to minimize impact on the neighborhood.

In contrast to the hearing on the original application, there were no objections from residents. Resident Deb Rankin said the farmers' market had not been an intrusion last year. She felt that the vendors had been very considerate and said she was happy to have the market back.

Wendy Rodgers, speaking for herself, said she was concerned that the farmers' market has not adopted bylaws and said she would like to be assured that vendors would be able to see the bylaws and vote on them before the market opens for the year.

Weeks responded that the Wolfeboro Area Farmers' Market is in the process of becoming a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization and expected to have the completed bylaws adopted in the fall. In the meantime vendor terms and the application form had been completed.

Selectman Marge Webster moved to approved the license renewal pending clarification of the liability language. The license was approved with that condition by a vote of 5-0.

Special events

Selectmen approved 12 temporary event permits at their April 7 meeting. Five of the applications were from the Wolfeboro Parks and Recreation Department for a Bike and Walk Celebration (May 14, 6:30-10:30 a.m. at the Railroad Station, including a breakfast event and music), Movies in the Park projected on the Foss Field tennis courts fence (July 30 and Aug. 27, 7-11 p.m.), the Granite Kid Triathalon (July 17, 7 a.m.-noon beginning at Brewster Beach), Granite Man Triathalon (scheduled for Aug. 14 but will likely move to Aug. 21, 5 a.m. – 2 p.m.), and the Turkey Trot Race (Nov. 20, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.).

The New England Lyman Group received a permit for its Water Boat Show on June 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Town Docks and Community Bandstand.

The Wolfeboro Area Recreation Association received a permit for an Antique British Car Show fundraiser on Aug.7 and 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Nick.

The Wolfeboro Lions Club received a permit for the Great Smith River Canoe and Kayak Race on May 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting at Albee Beach (the race actually starts at 1:15 p.m.). This year the event will feature a Colonial Costume Contest sponsored by the Wolfeboro 250th Committee.

Great Waters Music Festival received a permit for music concerts at Cate Park and the Community Bandstand on Aug. 28 from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Harriman-Hale Post 18 of the American Legion received permits for the Memorial Day Parade on May 31 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. beginning at Brewster Field and ending at Cate Park, and the 4th of July Parade on Sunday, July 4, from 1 to 3 p.m. (setup to start at 7 a.m.).

G.A.L.A. received a permit to hold a series of events during its 40th anniversary Earth Day Celebration, April 17-24 in various locations throughout town.

Selectmen awarded Hawkers and Peddlers licenses to three returning vendors and a new license to Bill Todesco to offer Italian food from a cart at the corner of South Main Street and Railroad Avenue. Todesco asked if he could start earlier than May 1 and the board gave permission to start April 10.

Three Brewster Academy students – Nate Drouin, Kyle Drouin and Jake Alden – discussed their plan to launch Wolfeboro Jet Ski Rentals this summer 9 a.m.-5 p.m., seven days a week, at the Wolfeboro Town Docks. The three had applied for a Hawkers and Peddlers license, intending to set up a kiosk offering the rentals and launch the jet skis elsewhere. After some discussion it was agreed that they should apply for a commercial vessel landing permit for the use of a dock. Town Manager Owen said he would discuss potential liability issues with counsel before proceeding.

Martin Lord Osman
Varney Smith
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