Arlington farmers market could sprout during May

By ERIC SCHAADT
STAFF WRITER

ARLINGTON — An idea for a farmers market in Arlington is closer to fruition, Village Council heard Monday.

A tentative starting date has been set for May 30, Councilman Mike Palmer said.

Vendors will sell fruits, vegetables and similar goods on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in a parking lot at Good Hope Lutheran Church on South Main Street.

The market will continue through the fall, Palmer said.

Separately, Steve Inbody, a Powell Drive resident, expressed concern about water backing up in a drainage tile on that street.

The village for years has struggled to address the issue, clearing out the tile once or twice a year.

“There might be a better way,” Inbody said.

Village officials said the tile is routinely plugged with leaves, twigs, corn stalks and runoff materials from nearby farms. The flatness of the area does not help, village officials said.

The clogging, according to Inbody, creates odor and mosquito problems.

The issue was forwarded to council’s Water, Drainage and Sewer Committee.

Separately, issues with the village park were discussed by council.

Councilman Tom Blunk is collecting quotes for repairing the concrete deck around the main and baby swimming pools.

Ripping out and replacing all the concrete, estimated at $50,000, “is not an option,” Blunk said.

An alternate proposal is being prepared to chip, patch and seal cracks where needed.
Council also will look at repairing a restroom near the old concession stand.

Also, materials have been obtained for Boy Scouts to replace a roof at a shelter house.

Applications are being accepted for those wanting to be manager, assistant manager or lifeguard at the community swimming pool this season.

Separately, two Fire Department projects were discussed.

The department wants to replace a grass truck and fix the floor at the fire hall. Council will determine how much these projects will cost.

In other business, council:
• Was told fire hydrants will be flushed from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 21 and 22.
• Said bids for a waterline upgrade for the area of Main Cross and Liberty streets, and Sunset Drive will be advertised this month and opened in May.
• Heard that waterline leaks have been repaired on Main Street and near Union Street.
• Was told Arlington area rescue workers will be honored by Blanchard Valley Hospital next month during EMS Week for their response to two recent traffic accidents.

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