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Who Is Running the Waukesha Farmers' Market?

A public hearing about the Waukesha Business Improvement District's petition for dissolving is scheduled for March 6; in the meantime, another group has agreed to run the market in 2013.

The Waukesha Farmers’ Market kickoff is only a few months away, and while the Waukesha Business Improvement District remains in limbo, a group of local business owners is taking over the market.

The BID previously ran the farmers’ market; however, this season it will be run by the Waukesha Downtown Business Association. The change leaves some questioning if the market will continue to receive funding from the BID while the BID’s future is being determined.

City Administrator Ed Henschel told Waukesha Patch on Thursday the DBA will not received BID funding; however, a determination will have to be made about payments already made by vendors to the BID for 2013. The payments would either have to be forwarded to the DBA or returned to the vendors, he said.

The Waukesha Farmers’ Market expanded in 2012, doubling from the 2011 season to more than 100 vendors. The DBA took over running the market during the last two months of the 2012 season after Executive Director Meghan Sprager resigned, citing a hostile work environment.

In the meantime, the BID Board of Directors will not meet while the dissolving process moves forward. More than 60 percent of people owning property in the district have signed a petition for it to disband after years of disagreements about the special taxing district.

“We can meet, but I don’t see any object to it,” Henschel said. “I think we need to know whether the BID is going to exist or not exist.”

A public hearing about terminating the BID is scheduled for March 6, according to a letter from Community Development Director Steve Crandell.

The BID has been in a state of upheaval for months – although some say problems have been occurring for years. After the former executive director resigned from her position, citing bullying and a harassing work environment, the majority of the BID board resigned from their positions. After months of battling, the Common Council and the mayor finally agreed to appoint enough members to restore the board.

The BID has existed since 1986 and its operations are funded by a special tax assessment in the downtown business district. The Waukesha mayor appoints members to the Board of Directors, who are then approved by the Common Council.

State statutes require the city to terminate its BID if property owners from more than 50 percent of the assessed value in the district petition to leave the district.

Jenny February 22, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Barta is blah, blah, blah... I'm just happy, along with thousands of other people, that we have people to run Freeman Friday Night Live and the Farmer's Market! Thank you!!!
Mr Lundt February 22, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Barta is clearly articulating that your "progress" is simply a change and a change where the harm may outweigh the benefits. Barta raised some great points that deserve to be addressed. It appears that the only thing the opposition can muster is a third grade attempt at mocking . And not ONE shred of evidence to counter his assertions. The opposition helps cement the reality of the Barta position by making their side look juvenile and uninformed.
Louise February 22, 2013 at 04:10 PM
Here's a question, when is anyone of note in Waukesha going to realize that downtown is pathetic? This is an ongoing discussion among my friends and family. Downtown has no draw, no appeal, it's in need of a serious facelift.
the sha February 22, 2013 at 04:27 PM
Hekkers ur the problem . I was sitting on a bench acrossed from ur house it was 90 out side I stayed at she Wis house. And cuz I was sitting by ur house talkin to a women u called the cops. And said I was tryin to buy sex from her . And I almost got in trouble . But I did not . So ur the one causeing trouble
the sha February 22, 2013 at 04:28 PM
And I was doin nothing wrong
Becca B February 22, 2013 at 06:25 PM
Hekkers and Barta are old news and seem to have social problems. Thankfully we have a new administrator and mayor that see the value of the Farmers Market to Waukesha, and have taken the steps necessary to find a solution and keep the Market going this year!
N Schmidt February 22, 2013 at 07:43 PM
Social problems = Mayor Scrima. Seriously.
Stephanie February 22, 2013 at 09:52 PM
"N Schmidt" apparently does not support keeping the Farmer's Market. What has "N Schmidt" done for the downtown? Seriously.
Mr Lundt February 22, 2013 at 10:27 PM
Stephanie. I like the downtown, but Barta raises interesting questions that people refuse to answer. I have no dog in the fight as I do not own a store down town. Here is my 2 cents. I like the theory but really 1-2 a summer is enough for me. However knowing that it will be a zoo, I avoid going down there otherwise. What if was once a month?
Shawn Reilly February 22, 2013 at 10:35 PM
Anyone else notice that there are 8 brand new posters on Patch just on this topic. bahwahhahahaa joined 2/21 and has one post, just on this issue 802 joined 2/22 and has one post, just on this issue Improvement joined 2/22 and has one post, just on this issue Friend of Waukesha joined 2/22 and has one post, just on this issue Jenny joined 2/22 and has one post, just on this issue the sha joined 2/22 and has 2 posts but just on this issue, Becca B joined 2/22 and has one post, just on this issue Stephanie joined 2/22 and has one post. just on this issue I have my opinion as to why this is relevant but I hoprfully the people reading this will come to their own conclusions.
jeff Barta February 22, 2013 at 11:34 PM
Shawn, as a matter of fact I did notice. It has been a tool used downtown for a long time. Sound offs used to be riddled with propoganda until the Freeman require people to use their own names. Mr Lundt, I appreciate your comments, its refreshing to see others without a dog in the fight actually get it. Unfortunately, the WDBA is unwilling to compromise, to not only help their neighbors but to improve the event. Some of their members use rumors, spread lies, call for boycotts of other businesses to quiet the opposition and isolated dissenting voices. That is deplorable. But just as deplorable is that the WDBA membership knows this goes on, yet it tolerates the behavior which is just as bad. For years, the fear of retribution kept businesses from speaking out, creating the illusion of a "united" downtown. That time is gone though. Ten members of the business community spoke out at a common council meeting in support of the Executive Directors allegations. It is not a viable ploy nor is the anonymous attacks in a forum such as this.
Cupcake February 23, 2013 at 02:15 AM
Reilly and Barta like to bloviate. Rather than bloviating, perhaps they could do something productive for humanity?
Mr Lundt February 23, 2013 at 02:26 AM
Looks like we can add cupcake to the list of people that can't handle a question--- can only spew bile
shagger February 23, 2013 at 03:31 AM
"Mr Lundt," how have you productively contributed to humanity? If you can handle this question, than specifically answer it here.
jeff Barta February 23, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Amazing that this person or people keep making our point about the lack of substance and attacks. Mr. Lundt shouldn't have to discuss his contributions to humanity. Anyways if Mr Lundt did he would just be accused of liking to bloviate. :) For those who have bedn distracted from the topic (which is of course the whole purpose of this childish behavior), the problems downtown stem from a group that treated people poorly to get their own way and a mayor who has encouraged and blindly supported them. Numerous staff from the BID had to leave jobs they loved because of being harrassed. The mayor is rewarding this group with the Farmer's Market despite not having any authority to do so. Some people feel this is improper others support it. Back on track, now please debate the issues, stop the childish attacks.
Mr Lundt February 23, 2013 at 03:47 PM
Shagger Barta listed 9 questions pertaining to the topic at hand. Not one person has had the stones to answer the questions. I was looking forward to a debate. Instead the opposition can only fall back on childish name calling and petty innuendo. You and your ilk have done nothing but try (and fail) to mock or impune people that even dare QUESTION. As stated earlier I don't have a dog in the fight--but as an outside observer it is clear who has facts and plan and who is left to simple name calling and nothing of significance. In the end there was a debate...sadly one group thought that the score was being kept by new log ins and name calling. The real world does not operate at such a 2nd grade level. At the begining, for all I knew , Barta may have been poorly informed on every single issue. However he is the only one that manged to hold himself up as an adult and bring facts and valid questions. Since his opposition was only able to resort to name calling---it is a clear indication that beyond the names they have nothing. For if they did, they would bring it.
Peter February 23, 2013 at 04:18 PM
For the rest of us, we can be thankful that we have people to run the Farmers' Market. The Farmers' Market this year will be a continued blessing to the Waukesha area families and residents. I'm looking forward to the bakery, honey, cheese, vegetables, fruit and flowers!
Kathy February 23, 2013 at 05:32 PM
wow......these people making comments under 5 different fake names, ought to own up to their comments. They should work on running their businesses rather than playing games and waisting peoples time, reading things that they cannot own! GROW UP!
Kathy February 23, 2013 at 05:41 PM
Well said Jeff Barta!
Kathy February 23, 2013 at 05:54 PM
There was another organization willing , not only the WDBA that would have been happy to run the Farmers Market as well. Please rest asure, these people are NOT our knights in shining amore! Compomise is great and until this Waukesha Downtown realizes this, we will get no resolutions. "DIVERSITY" people! Wake up!
farmers market girl February 23, 2013 at 05:56 PM
I'm looking forward to the fresh organic produce at this years Waukesha Farmers Market. To feel the brisk Saturday morning air, to walk along the Riverwalk, to see the my friends and neighbors and old people and young people, and to discover and taste the unique delicacies... life can be beautiful for those who choose to enjoy it!
Kathy February 23, 2013 at 06:08 PM
This sounds like a great quote from a book! LOL I as well LOVE the farmers market, noone has questioned that people do not enjoy it! Just curious...how long has the farmers market girl been a member of the patch? My guess, its your first post. Am I rite?
Jon February 23, 2013 at 07:57 PM
Special thanks to those who are rolling up their steeves and actually doing the work to keep our Farmer's Market. And are they going to have that guy who sells the pickled esparagus this year? (I love that stuff!)
Kathy February 23, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Hey Jon... Surprised to hear that you have not been to the Winter Farmers Market inside The Montecito! For they have your favorite pickled asparagus all winter long! Thanks to The Montecito for rolling up their sleeves! There are alot of people to a communtiy, not just one organization! See ya at the market!
still small voice February 23, 2013 at 09:16 PM
Here's where to sign up for Waukesha's 2013 outdoor Farmer's Market: http://www.waukeshafarmersmarket.com Here's to being positive and moving forward!
Kathy February 23, 2013 at 09:41 PM
Moving forward, I have heard that before! LOL
Mr Lundt February 23, 2013 at 10:09 PM
"Here's to being positive and moving forward!" That is not a plan..that is a wish.
Realist February 25, 2013 at 02:43 PM
It's unbelievable that people create multile different name and act like the little kids that they are. You only need one name to make your arguments and a point. I too am a outsider, but can now see ( by the comments) why the bid is in such shambles. I too stay far away from downtown on Friday nights. I also know someone that used to live downtown. The residents couldn't park anywhere near there residence. Sarah- I suggest a 3 day waiting period on new users to comment.
Keith Worst February 25, 2013 at 08:26 PM
No one. Stop this traffic snarl. If you want food buy it at Walmart. It's cheaper and it's in a store where civilized people shop.
Scott L March 19, 2013 at 12:50 PM
In hindsight Jeff, Just who is it that owns the BID from a legal standpoint?

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