posted on January 31, 2011 15:44
A change in management is on the horizon at the Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market, the Farmington Downtown Development Authority announced on Tuesday.
Stemming from recent discussions concerning cost containment and reorganization of DDA staff, the decision to eliminate the paid Market Master position was made by an Events Committee consisting of board members and staff. Plans to manage the market internally, with volunteer support, are underway.
The DDA Board has solidified its expectation that the numerous events in Downtown Farmington become self-funding, at a minimum. Any revenue in excess of expenses will be reinvested back into projects and programs that benefit Downtown Farmington. Historically, the market has been subsidized by the DDA budget.
“With property values dropping, the taxes we capture also are dropping,” said Annette Knowles, DDA Executive Director. “We are looking at every opportunity to supplement our budget through our events, while maintaining a work force that can meet the demands the events require.”
The DDA has authorized a new position that will assist Events Planner Janet Bloom with the annual calendar of events, along with the Farmers Market.
“We are confident that a volunteer or volunteers who are capable of handling the Saturday duties will come forward,” said Bloom.
Scott Stevenson, who has managed the market since its move to the Walter E. Sundquist Pavilion prior to the 2006 season, was informed of the decision in recent days. Stevenson was a contract employee and was compensated at a rate of $10,000 annually.
“Scott had the best interests of the market at heart,” remarked Knowles. “I am sure his presence will be missed at the market.”
A job description for the new position is being finalized and a posting is forthcoming.