Paradise plans farmers’ market, approves scout project

This article was originally posted March 26, 2010 by the Hard News Café.

By Paul Lewis Siddoway

PARADISE–Ty Mortensen, 17, received approval from the Town Council Wednesday night for the Eagle Scout project he has planned. Mortensen noticed the roofs of the three pavilions behind the Cracker Barrel have holes in them. His plan is to replace the current roofs with metal roofs and thinks he can most of the materials donated.

“I’d Like to get started in a couple of weeks and I’d like to get it done before summer,” he said. “I haven’t figured out a date yet, but I figured I should get it approved first.”

He received approval and advice from the entire council.

“I figured it’s a good way to help the town,” Mortensen said. “It’d be fun to do.”

The council also heard from the Paradise Market Association, which is finalizing plans to hold a weekly famers’ market from June to September.

“A lot of growers have already talked to me,” Suzanne Marychild, a director of the Market Association, said about the farmers’ market. “ I think it’ll be a great thing for Paradise to keep going.”

“I think at this point, we just let them write up their by-laws and what-not and we’ll approve it,” Mayor Leland Howlett said, adding the Market Association would function under the direction of the Paradise Town Council.

Speaking of the weekly markets, Howlett said, “As long as they can administrate it and clean up after themselves, I don’t see a problem with it.”

The council also expressed concerns about parking, suggesting the market be placed inside the sidewalk, allowing for cars to pull further off the street. They clarified that vendors would have to supply their own insurance and get individual approval from the USDA.

“I don’t see a downside,” Councilman Kyle Smith said. “I think it’s great.”

More information concerning the market will be forthcoming at the council meeting April 7.

Also, the council will be arranging a council of town residents to discuss improving the town’s dog ordinances.

“The biggest problem is that there’s no teeth in our ordinance,” Bev Shiefer, town clerk, said.

“Right now, my understanding is we don’t have dollar amounts for non-compliance for fees and such,” Mayor Leland Howlett said, adding he would like to have every member of the council read through the existing dog ordinances and then put together a council with citizens who own dogs and non-dog owners.

“I think we ought to get our fines consistent with our ordinances,” he said. “I think it’s something we ought to be able to work with.”

“I think once a couple of tickets are written, it’ll clean up pretty good,” Jon Hester, a county animal control officer, said.

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