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Save Redmond Saturday Market | Letter
The Redmond Saturday Market (RSM) has become a treasured icon over the past 39 years in this community. The RSM with its 125 members has so much to offer from local farm fresh produce to original handmade products not to mention the weekly entertainment at the gazebo and activities for children. Two previous city administrations have been instrumental in writing ordinances, amendments, citations and lease agreements, which have been adopted and honored by previous owners of the Redmond Town Center (RTC). As of last October, the RTC came under new ownership and JSH Properties has told the RSM board that their lease at the present location is off the table for the 2015 season. JSH Properties would like the RSM to move to the Center Court at the RTC. Negotiations between the two parties are ongoing while a task force is exploring options for alternative locations for the RSM within the City of Redmond. (The Reporter wrote about this situation in its May 2 edition.)
On July 15, RSM vendors, board members and citizens of Redmond were present at City Hall for the council meeting. The City Council and the audience had a chance to listen to seven individuals who spoke up in favor of continuing the RSM at the current location with the permanent structures. The speakers unanimously urged the City Council to provide a voice in support of recognizing the importance of the present location of the RSM. The last item on the agenda was the brief comment made by Mayor John Marchione that he had met with the RSM board of directors and JSH Properties separately trying to give both parties advice on how to move forward with further negotiations.
Much to everyone’s disappointment, the meeting was adjourned without any discussions, deliberations or motion regarding this topic. I sincerely hope the City Council will address this issue and give it the attention it deserves at its next meeting. The Redmond City Council represents our community at large with each member having been elected directly by the voters. Having said that, I would hope we can find a solution together. I would encourage the people of Redmond to submit their concern and/or suggestion regarding the RSM to the mayor and the City Council at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also contact Steve Hansen at email@example.com and tell him how equally important the RSM and its present location are to you, your family and your friends.
Ursula Craig, Redmond