Downtown Association concedes to farmers
May 20, 2010
The Downtown Association unexpectedly seized control last January after more than 26 years of leadership by the farmers’ association. Supporters of the farmers asked the city council to intervene and restore power to the farmers.
The council voted to have both organizations work together with a mediator in the hope that they could work out an amicable plan.
Observers said that discussions stalled weeks ago and efforts to restart them had been unsuccessful.
On Tuesday, the City Council warned the Downtown Association that if they did not come to an agreement with the farmers’ association, they risked having their contract with the city canceled.
Management will now be returned to the farmers’ association pending approval by the county agricultural commissioner.
The agreement allows the Downtown Association to continue to manage the Thursday Night Promotions’ portion of the downtown event.