The structure of the farmers’ market “will have to fall” –

Meeting scheduled to discuss future plan

The iconic Parkville Farmers’ Market structure “will have to fall,” Mayor Dean Katerndahl said in an interview on Landmark Live Thursday night.

Katerndahl said the structure, which was hit by two trucks in separate incidents in recent months, suffered irreparable damage.

A public meeting to discuss some preliminary concepts to replace the Farmers’ Market is scheduled for Wednesday, July 13 at 5 p.m. at Parkville City Hall, Katerndahl said.

This is a public meeting, all are welcome to attend.

“We have some important decisions to make about the future of the Farmers’ Market over the next few months to balance the needs of our community and the farmers who use the market,” Katerndahl said this week.

Katerndahl said some of the money used to replace the structure “will come from insurance claims, but that may not be enough to cover the full cost of the replacement.”

There’s also a decision to be made about where the new farmers’ market will be located. Katerndahl said one possibility is in the parking lot just south of the train tracks just east of Main Street.

This is where the market, on opening days, has been temporarily set up in individual tents, Katerndahl explained.

As for the iconic structure, Katerndahl says:

“The city already knew that the days of the current work were numbered. It is over 30 years old, so plans were already underway to replace the current one.

The Wednesday, July 13 meeting to discuss preliminary concepts will involve the Parkville Board of Aldermen and the city’s Community Land and Recreation Board (the city’s park board).

Video of Katerndahl’s appearance on Landmark Live can be viewed here:

James V. Payne