Chief to monitor Market

This excerpt from The Sun Chronicle┬ásums up the Chief’s plan. Feel free to comment below.

While [Police Chief Kyle] Heagney said he doesn’t believe the market will need a cop to direct traffic and help pedestrians cross North Main Street, where the market sets up in a city-owned parking lot next to the Attleboro Public Library, he plans to monitor traffic on the first day of the event before making a final decision.

Car and pedestrian counts will be done to assess the situation, Heagney said Thursday.

The market is scheduled to run every Saturday morning, except one, from June 2 through Oct. 27.

Even if a police officer is not needed in the summer when the library is closed on Saturdays, that could change in the fall when the library resumes Saturday operations, Heagney said. “When the library reopens it may be an issue,” Heagney said. “If there are issues, we’ll address them at that point.”

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19 votes later…

After another marathon session last night the City Council lifted most of the restrictions. Thanks to supporters on both sides of the issue for voicing their concerns.

Excerpt from the Attleboro-Seekonk Patch

In a major case of “what a difference a week makes,” the City Council on Tuesday voted to lift most of the restrictions it had placed last week on the Attleboro Farmers Market. In response to the decision, market organizers backed off their earlier statement that the weekly event might not take place this year in Attleboro.

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Excerpt from The Sun Chronicle

Last week councilors took three hours and 15 votes to ban market parking, and order the market to hire a police officer for public safety every Saturday it is open. On Tuesday night, both requirements were rescinded on reconsideration votes sought by Councilor Jonathan Weydt.

Councilors voted to allow “mixed-use parking at the discretion of the police chief,” who also will decide if the market must hire a police officer to help people cross busy North Main Street.

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