New Haven discusses farmers market

NEW HAVEN — Urban agriculture was a topic of discussion when the New Haven town council met recently.

Jackie Blain approached council members at a prior meeting, asking them to consider allowing backyard poultry, as well as establishing a community garden and a farmers market.

According to Recorder Roberta Hysell, Councilman Kenneth Vickers said while he is not opposed to a farmers market, he does not want the present ordinance that prohibits poultry to be changed. Vickers was also concerned that a community garden might not be successful.

Mayor Charles Yonker asked the council to consider the farmers market. The council agreed it was too late to establish one this year, but it could be started in the spring.

Underage children driving motorized cycles, carts and other vehicles was also discussed for a second time. It was decided that the mayor and Police Chief Dave Hardwick will meet to draw up a plan before someone is injured.

In other action, the council:

  • Heard concerns about people speeding on First Street, with the police chief responding that he will patrol the area more often;
  • Agreed to make a $200 donation to the Wahama Athletic Boosters for the baseball championship celebration;
  • Heard a “thank you” from the mayor to the Nehaclima Garden Club for placing flowers at the businesses in town;
  • Agreed to the mayor and recorder meeting to discuss possibly starting a repair fund for the garbage department, following ongoing problems and repairs on the truck;
  • Discussed a valve at the pool that had failed, but was fixed prior to the June 12 pool opening; and,
  • Approved the accounts payable, financial report and minutes of the prior meeting.

Attending were Mayor Yonker, Recorder Hysell, and council members Vickers, Jessica Howard, Smitty Jarrell and Jim Elias.

The next meeting is set for June 25 at 6 p.m.