Parkville leaders will plan a new Farmers Market structure

PARKVILLE, Mo. — Two weeks after a tractor-trailer badly damaged the Parkville Farmer’s Market, the city’s mayor says it’s time to rebuild.

Mayor Dean Katerndahl said the city was already working on plans to replace the 30-year-old structure when it was damaged.

The Board of Aldermen and the Parkville Park Board plan to hold a business meeting on July 13. Preliminary concepts for a new farmers’ market will be discussed at that time.

The meeting is open to the public. It is scheduled to start at 5 p.m.

Writing in Parkville’s monthly newsletter, Katerndahl stressed that this is a first step and that city leaders have important decisions to make over the next few months. Most important may be to balance the needs of the community and the farmers using the market with the funding available for the project.

Katerndahl said while insurance will cover some of the cost, it won’t be enough to completely replace the structure.

The city said a tractor-trailer hit the north side of the structure on June 13. It was the second time in two months that a truck had hit the building. A different driver also hit the building in April, just days before the farmers market was scheduled to open for the season.

Following the damage, the city moved the event to a new location.

The Parkville Farmers Market now holds the Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning markets in the parking lot between East Street and Main Street. The location is in downtown Parkville, south of the train tracks.

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James V. Payne