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  • City looks at locations for new farmers market

  • Two proposed locations for the new farmers market topped the list for the El Dorado City Commissioners.
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  • Two proposed locations for the new farmers market topped the list for the El Dorado City Commissioners.
    There were six locations proposed, but Commissioners Shane Krause and Bill Young said the sites at Gordy Park and the 200 block of South Main in the parking lot were their favorites.
    The Gordy Park one would be located just east of the basketball courts, while the one on South Main would be just south of Goedecke Engineering.
    Other possible locations were in East Park, the senior center parking lot, the police department east parking lot and the parking lot on the west side of Vine between Central and First.
    One concern with the parking lot locations was the amount of room it would take up with the limited parking.
    “As we looked at the central part of our community, the south looked like where you would need to invest some money to push some more development to the south,” said Herb Llewellyn, city manager.
    The city will be applying for a grant from Butler County’s wind turbine money.
    “We have turned away quite a few people who want to come now,” said Lowell Lygrisse, president of the current farmers market, during a previous city commission meeting.
    He said they would like a location that had two to three times the space they have now in the parking lot of the meat processor. They currently have room for 12.
    “We could probably double that by next year,” he said. “Most of our vendors are 70 and older. We turned away some in their 30s who are going to Wichita and Augusta now. It always seems like when we build something, 10 years down the road, even in five years, it’s too small,” he continued.

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