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South Boston Farmers’ Market gets funds to grow

South Boston Town Council, with Coleman Speece and Mark Morris absent, came out of closed session Monday night and unanimously approved using $25,000 from its contingency budget to help fund the expansion of the Farmers’ Market. The town already has been awarded a $78,825 grant from the tobacco commission to assist in the project, but it has not received word on a pending $25,000 grant application to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Referring to the current budget situation in Washington, D.C., Town Manager Ted Daniel said, “My assessment is never would we see $25,000 from Rural Development.

Town staff will continue to pursue the rural development grant, but with the advent of the growing season and the opening of the Farmers’ Market approaching, council needed to move forward, Daniel said.

Expansion of the Farmers’ Market is needed because the market has outgrown the one covered shelter and needs an additional structure of the same style and size, Daniel said at an earlier meeting.

Plans call for expanding the Farmers’ Market shelter below the current structure that was built in 1991, with the addition of restrooms and equipment, along with site improvement.

Funds also will be used for electric service, signage and water and sewer.

Total costs for the project are in the neighborhood of $100,000, according to a PowerPoint presentation provided by Town Manager Ted Daniel.

Site development costs, including electrical upgrades, shelter and bathroom facilities, painting and bollards (short vertical posts) are an estimated $95,625, while other costs for netting, water and sewer connection fees, produce tables and signage are estimated at $8,200.

Council also agreed Monday to put the project out to bid as soon as possible.