Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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June 27, 2013

Council discusses Market Square fees

No plans to spray mosquitoes yet

Cleburne City Council members tabled a vote on usage fees for Market Square on Tuesday to discuss the matter in workshop.

Council members wanted time to discuss and study the proposed fees before voting on them. They expect to vote on the proposals during the July 9 meeting.

The rules, as proposed, are to set up and sell at no cost or at a cost of $10 per day if they desire a spot under the square’s covered area or access to water and electricity.

Unlike in the past, vendors, agricultural and other, will not be allowed to keep their booths on site for multiple days and must break down and remove them each night with the exception of certain two-day events such as Springfest.

Agricultural products will be defined broadly to include such items as produce, hay and firewood, but the sale of animals is prohibited.

The daily fee for vendors peddling non-agricultural products ranges from $10 to $50 per day. 

Cleburne Fire Chief Clint Ishmael, who presented the proposals, said vendors would be required to sell new, not used, merchandise to ensure the square does not become a flea market site.

Additional proposals addressed the fee structure for concerts and events. Councilman Bob Kelly suggested, and his fellow council members agreed, that such fees should be decreased or waived for 501(c)3 nonprofit groups wishing to use the square.

Usage will also be free for Johnson County, Cleburne and other county cities.

Proposals also call for banning smoking and alcohol consumption on the square with an exception for special events such as wine tastings.

Johnson County Commissioner Rick Bailey attended the meeting and said the proposals roughly fit those put forth by the commissioners court. 

Market Square, which remains owned by Johnson County, sits in downtown Cleburne. County officials recently renovated the square with hopes of attracting increased usage by residents and tourists and to pull more events into the area. 

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