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CAPON BRIDGE – A weekly farmer’s market will open in Capon Bridge – likely on Capon School Street and likely in June, the Capon Bridge City Council learned at its monthly meeting last week.
The April 14 council meeting also included the first reading of an order authorizing a bond issue of up to $ 300,000 to fund the Duff Lane Bridge that the circuit court ordered the city to provide.
Extension agent Candace DeLong presented plans for the farmer’s market, telling the board that 6 vendors were already interested in participating and they were talking about setting up the market as part of the Capon School Street revitalization plan. .
DeLong said they are planning a Sunday market to avoid conflict with businesses in the area. Council members urged her to consider a Saturday market instead, given the heavy use of Capon School Street for church parking on Sundays and the likelihood that a Saturday market would attract more weekends. -end with cabins in the area.
They suggested that the farmer’s daughter would be the only company that a farmer’s market would compete with, and DeLong agreed that there was little overlap between the 2 companies, as the daughter of the farmer The farmer was emphasizing meats and relatively scarce product offerings, so there might be some potential. for cooperation between the 2.
DeLong said she would take the council’s recommendations back to planners, with a reminder from the council that vendors will need business licenses issued by the city.
The city’s building commission consulted with Steptoe and Johnson’s attorney Jason Turner as they approved the bond issuance order at a special meeting just before the council meeting. “Just the first step,” the lawyer said, with 2 more readings needed and a public hearing scheduled for May 11.
Mayor Laura Turner noted that the actual amount needed to install the Duff Lane Bridge will most likely be less than the $ 300,000 allowed by the ordinance, and an additional resolution that will include the actual amount, the buyer and the terms of the bond. will be added when these details are known.
Mayor Turner asked 4 local banks for their rates for 15 and 20 year loans and received offers of 2. The council voted in favor of a 20 year 2.65% loan from FNB Bank, deciding that the smaller payments would be made. the loan is more manageable despite the additional 5 years and noting that they could still make additional payments when possible to shorten the term of the loan.
City council also voted to pass the Sewerage Improvement Ordinance at its third reading, and Mayor Turner reported that the State Department of Environmental Protection found that the project will have no significant environmental impact, although the one-month window for public comment on this is still open, and a final review will follow.
Mayor Turner announced the city was to have a health board for the project and appointed Carl Biller and Mary Billings to sit on the board with her.
In other cases, Mayor Turner has reported that the city’s public protection classification for fire protection has improved, which should lower the cost of fire insurance. She suggested that residents might want to contact their insurance agents.
The city has yet to receive the funds pledged to help cover the losses from Covid-19, and guidelines for spending that money have not been announced. However, funding the city’s water utility has been identified as a possible use of the funds, as with the closure of schools in the city, water revenues have fallen so low that they no longer cover the costs. departmental expenses.
Council member Chris Turner drew attention to the 58 warnings versus 32 citations that Police Chief Miles Spence reported issuing in the previous month, stressing that Capon Bridge is clearly “not a speed camera town”. o