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Wrrnsbg. Farmers’ Market safety issues raised — and refuted

Warrensburg Farmers’ Market patrons Ruth Near (left) and Mary Cranker cross River St. after shopping Friday Sept. 6 at the market (at rear) as a Jeep stops well before the crosswalk. Pedestrian safety concerns have been raised over the past several years, with suggestions the market move to a site with adjacent parking — but the market’s manager protested such an idea this week.

Warrensburg Farmers’ Market patrons Ruth Near (left) and Mary Cranker cross River St. after shopping Friday Sept. 6 at the market (at rear) as a Jeep stops well before the crosswalk. Pedestrian safety concerns have been raised over the past several years, with suggestions the market move to a site with adjacent parking — but the market’s manager protested such an idea this week. Photo by Thom Randall.

— The market organizers have implemented various safety precautions in recent years, including the installation of a crosswalk, and warning signs notifying motorists 100 yards in advance that the market is in session, and setting out fluorescent orange construction cones ton Friday afternoons to guide traffic when the market is underway.

On Friday Sept. 6 during a 30-minute visit to the market, vehicles slowed down below 10 miles per hour — many slowing to a crawl or stopping at the market entrance.

“Considering all the precautionary measures we’ve taken, that area of the roadway is now safer than it is at any other time of the week or the year,” Whalen said. “We’ve gone above and beyond in addressing the safety issue.”

She added that the riverside park that she and other members of Warrensburgh Beautification created drew a good number of people to the market due to the site’s ambiance.

“Situating the market in the riverfront park was to increase awareness to the natural resources in our community,” she said. “How blessed we are to have the Schroon River running through our town, and the market has brought attention to it,” she said.

Whalen contended that a Main Street location might decrease business, because motorists would be wary of stopping, and few sites on the busy roadway had sufficient parking.

“Other markets that have moved to highway locations experience a decrease in patrons,” she said.

The suggested recreation field site, she said, posed access problems, particularly for older market patrons, as the pavilion is on a hill, and it’s a fair distance from a limited amount of parking.

“Our vendors don’t want to be on Main St. or at the recreation field,” she said, noting that the sports events held on the fields surrounding the pavilion would conflict with the market operations.

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