The topic of whether a farmers market benefits a community was recently debated among Washougal City Council members.
In the end, they approved a resolution created by councilman Paul Greenlee 6 to 1, stating there is substantial public benefit for the city, in having a private farmers market in downtown Washougal.
Councilman Dave Shoemaker abstained from voting on the resolution during the June 21 meeting, after saying he did not think the local population is large enough to make a farmers market economically viable.
“I applaud the nonprofit involvement,” he said. “I don’t think it’s going to work. It could go in with a bang and go out with a whimper shortly thereafter.”
Councilman Michael Delavar recommended the resolution be tabled for last night’s workshop, but Greenlee had hoped to have it approved during a meeting prior to the market’s opening day Saturday. The council does not vote during workshops.