The Farmers' Market Transition Subcommittee will hear appeals from stallholders whose applications were rejected, and will consider a motion instructing staff to seek additional space to accommodate more stallholders.
By RTH Staff
Published December 09, 2010
A motion attached to the agenda of today's Farmers' Market Transition Subcommittee meeting would instruct staff to negotiate extra space from Yale Properties to accommodate stallholders who no longer fit in the renovated Market.
Council voted on December 7 to approve a motion stating that decisions made by the Subcommittee on accepting or rejecting stallholder applications are final and are not subject to approval by full Council.
The long list of delegation requests to today's meeting includes several stallholders whose applications were rejected: Lorelei Charles, Café; Thang Luu, Thango Meats Inc.; Ron Jepson, Jepson's Fresh Meats; Filomena Cunha, Lina's European Pastries; Maria Materno, Genuine Bread House Bakery; Shane Coleman, representing Hamilton Farmers' Market Stallholders; Julia Serna, Vendor; Darioush Khavari, Sam & Son International Cheese Limited; Wu Rui Long, Ken's Chicken Corner; Nam Ky Truong, Truong Produce; Elizabeth Janos, Multi Traditional Bakery; Henrietta Papp; Colin Geoffrey Millar, Millar Alexander Barristers and Solicitors, Solicitor for Charlie's Corner Produce Market/Charlie's Corner International; Colin Geoffrey Millar, Millar Alexander Barristers and Solicitors, Solicitor for Lisa Hori of Infinity Foods; Yogarani, Can Asia; Paul Spera, Spear's Produce; Roy Munoz, Country Green Garden or Country Green Fruits & Vegetables; Flora Munoz, Florsam Bulk, Beans, Fruits & Vegetables; Andrzej Rudzinski, Karlik Pastry; Alan Shikatani, Future Bakery; Aney Kollanthara, Taste of India; Saji Kollanthara, Woodpecker Handicraft Gallery; and Hat Huynh, The Living Kitchen.
This is their only opportunity to appeal the city decision and have their applications reconsidered.
According to Anna Bradford, the city's culture director, many of the applications were previously rejected because they were incomplete. A properly completed application is a major selection criterion.
Stallholders have had the opportunity to meet with staff and complete their applications in advance of today's meeting, but several observers have noted that language issues are a significant barrier for many of the applicants.
The delegation list also includes Jennifer Hompoth, speaking on behalf of Friends of Hamilton Farmers' Market. Ms. Hompoth recently sent a letter to the Committee and Staff arguing that the City's policy of bureaucratic transactions with stallholders does not make for real inclusiveness.
Here is the full text of the motion:
Whereas there is a higher demand for stall space than currently available in the Hamilton Farmers' Market, and;
Whereas, the new direction for the Hamilton Farmers' Market includes the return of a seasonal outdoor market component along York Boulevard;
Therefore be it resolved:
(a) That Culture Division staff in conjunction with Real Estate staff be directed to negotiate with Yale Properties Inc. for additional vendor space adjacent to the Hamilton Farmers' Market to expand its operation;
(b) That staff be directed to negotiate a favourable rate similar to current stall fees;
(c) That staff report back on how many vendors can be accommodated in this additional space;
(d) That staff be directed to develop and implement the seasonal outdoor market program including, but not limited to, operating hours, application and assessment processes and licensing arrangements.