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City invests $20K in new downtown market

The new Waterfront Farmers Market will have a little extra seed money for its first year.

The Gig Harbor City Council approved a $55,000 contract for the Downtown Waterfront Alliance, adding $20,000 to the usual $35,000 contract. The city has supported the nonprofit since it became a Main Street program.

It’s a substantial contract increase, but City Administrator Ron Williams called the extra money a “one-time stimulus amount.”

A budget amendment may be required if savings cannot be found in the budget.

So far there are 17 vendors signed up for the market, and many sell fresh fruit and vegetables, alliance president Pat Schmidt said. There are also hot food vendors on board.

“(The city is) very grateful that an organization of this caliber would step up and do this,” Williams said of the alliance.

Over the last five years, the alliance’s contract with the city has grown from $26,000 in 2009 to $29,000 in 2010 and $35,000 from 2011 to 2014. This year’s contract is also $35,000 without the extra seed money.

Waterfront Millville restaurants

The council continued discussion of a controversial code amendment request in Waterfront Millville. At a previous meeting, that included the planning commission, council member Paul Kadzik proposed a change to the boundary line.

The current proposal sets an overlay area for the code amendment from Pleasurecraft Marina to Suzanne’s Bakery and Deli along Harborview Drive. Kadzik’s proposal eliminates Suzanne’s in the north and stops the line at the parking lot of Arabella’s Landing.

Heading into a second public hearing, as yet unscheduled, the council will include both Kadzik’s line and the proposed boundary.

Tornado damage repair

The council also approved an out-of-the-ordinary public works contract: A fence damaged by the tornado in January.

“In my 11 years on council, I never thought I would be approving for tornado damage,” council member Tim Payne said.

The approximately $7,500 contract will repair a fenced area near the Public Works shop and the Wastewater Treatment Plant. The tornado came through Gig Harbor in January and caused minor damage.