New rules at market

Enderby’s Open Air Market is preparing for another season, but there are some rules to follow

Enderby’s Open Air Market is preparing for another season, but there are some rules to follow.

City council has provided a number of conditions for the organizer of the market, which runs on Cliff Avenue from the spring to fall.

“It’s pretty clear what our expectations are,” said Mayor Howie Cyr.

“We got feedback from businesses about last year and based on that, we have to implement some changes and they (organizers) are receptive.”

Among the conditions are identifying a definite end time for the market so the road can be reopened to traffic.

Organizers must also ensure that vendors selling  food have the proper authorization from the Interior Health Authority.

“We also really want them to enforce the baked and grown rules for selling items and not to become a flea market,” said Coun. Greg McCune, adding that commercial sales could create competition for merchants.

“Our duty is to the businesses in the neighbourhood to make sure it’s a farmer’s market.”

Of 15 business owners on Cliff Avenue, nine are in favour of the market, four are opposed and two are not open during the summer.

“The opposed businesses are all indicating their support for a market but felt that another location would be more suitable,” said Tate Bengston, the city’s deputy chief administrative officer.

“Among those businesses supporting the market at the proposed location, opinions range from indifference to very strong support.”