A six-day a week farmers’ and public market could be coming to River Landing at the Farmers’ Market Building in the future. A City Committee has already given approval to find a tenant that will manage a six-day a week market. Now the next step is for City Council to approve the idea at next week’s meeting. The current lease of the Farmers’ Market Building is set to expire in May and the current tenant, Saskatoon Farmers’ Market Co-operative has already submitted a business plan although Brenda Wallace, Director of Environment and Corporate Initiatives says the plan wouldn’t achieve the city’s plans of having full animation of the site. “The original concept plan for River Landing outlined ambitious dreams for this space and the city wants to determine if we can move closer to realizing them with increased market days and activity in the building.” Wallace says if City Council gives the idea the green light next week, the first step will be for City Administration to prepare and RFP. The meeting will take place next Monday at City Hall. The City is looking at enhancing security at City Hall.
In a report going to the Governance and Priorities Committee, City Administration is looking for the committee to recommend amendments to the Council Policy to City Council. That includes not allowing any knifes, blades, firearms, explosives, noisemakers or any other weapons into the Council Chambers. Another amendment includes that all bags, backpacks, purses, packages and other bulky objects be subject to inspection. The report says a growing number of communities are adopting proactive security measures that focus on detecting, deterring, and preventing weapons and other dangerous items from entering Council Chambers.
The report will be discussed at today’s meeting which gets started at 1 p.m.