Area September 9, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES III • Page 11 Two Midland Park organizations have indicated a desire to sponsor a farmer’s market in the Wortendyke section of town. The Midland Park Chamber of Commerce and the Midland Park Lions Club have officially written to the mayor and council expressing an interest in hosting such an activity. It may not happen anytime soon, however. Mayor Joseph Monahan set up a council committee to establish the parameters for such an enterprise and then discuss them with the interested parties. “The idea is to have a wholesome town event that people can enjoy and to bring people to the area,” commented Monahan at the last mayor and council meeting. The site being proposed is the park-and-ride lot off Central Avenue. It would be held on Saturdays through October from 10-3. “The operation of such an event will not only bring in additional shoppers into the Central Avenue shopping district, but also give exposure to the Midland Park Lions to Farmer’s market draws interest from two groups raise funds for charitable purposes as well as potentially increase our membership and reach within the community,” Lions President John Romano said in his letter. Chris Rossi, president of the chamber of commerce, said he had already secured a volunteer, Oggi Echavaria, an employee of Rosario’s Trattoria on Central Avenue, to run the market for the chamber. “He has had experience with other local farmers markets as a vendor. He has a network of vendors that he has spoken to and has commitments from them to participate in the market,” Rossi’s letter indicated. Echavaria was the person who originally broached the market concept to the mayor. After discussing it with the council, Monahan reached out to local non-profit organizations asking if they would partner with the borough in the venture and thus help revitalize the Wortendyke business area as well as raise funds for their group. “Rather than rush, and before we jump on the bandwagon, we should define what we expect of the operation,” said Councilman Patrick “Bud” O’Hagan, who expressed concerns that the operation would be akin to a flea market. “We should limit the spectrum of what is permitted,” he added. Borough Attorney Robert Regan said that general licensing and location would have to be established by ordinance. He said that the use should be subject to certain conditions, including location, parking and hours of operation. At a previous council meeting, Regan suggested that the market be allowed on a temporary basis in what is left of the season. The council could then use that experience to fashion the final ordinance for the following year, he said. Police Chief John Casson questioned whether the local governing body had the authority to allow the operation on the parkand-ride lot, which is owned by New Jersey Transit. He also cautioned that provisions should be made to leave access to the playground open. Ridgewood’s market is held on Sundays on the train station’s grounds with permission from NJ Transit. Monahan said that a “poor man’s site plan” would be required for the lot, delineating where everything would go and assuring access to the park. Councilman Bernie Holst expressed support for the market concept, noting that it would encourage more traffic to the business area. JEI������������������ ��� ��������� �������� ����������������������������������� ��������������������������������������� ������������������������������ ���� ������������ ��������� �� On Saturday, Sept. 26, Eva’s Village will hold “Journey of Hope,” a community 5K walk/run at Garret Mountain Reservation in Woodland Park (West Paterson). 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