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Possible Farmers Market in Russells Point discussed at council meeting (Audio included)

The Russells Point Village Council had their first of two April meetings Monday night. Exploration of a possible farmers market in the village highlighted the agenda.

Chloe Manor, director of the farmers market in Bellefontaine, was asked by the council to outline in detail how the market in Bellefontaine functions. After much discussion, the council identified two hurdles that must be overcome in order to establish one in Russells Point.

First, a volunteer must be found to run the operation.  Manor typically works approximately 30 hours a week.  Second, a grant would be needed to cover the initial start-up cost.

Mayor Robin Reames noted that the goal would be to see a market in place by 2014. Council needs time to determine the feasibility of the project.

Two new ordinances passed on final reading. The first allows businesses that are within a 50-mile radius to put billboard signs in the village. The second requires contractors registering to work in the village must complete a municipal tax form in order to receive a permit.

Russells Point is in the process of updating their personnel ordinances and employee policies.  Clemons, Nelson and Associates were hired to help with this process. To help with the cost of the program, Russells Point is partnering with the village of Arlington. Arlington is going through a similar process.

The electronic crosswalk sign at the corner of North US Route 33 and State Route 708 is not functioning properly. Initial efforts to repair the sign by the village were unsuccessful. Reames has contacted the manufacturer about repair.

The Indian Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is conducting “A Showcase of Indian Lake” at Old Field Beach on May 18th. The village will have a booth at the event.

The next meeting will be April 15th at 7:00 p.m. 

Reames discusses several village topics.

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