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Page 4A NBNS Hays Free Press July 28, 2010 re BY JEN BIUNDO jen@haysfreepress.com During her high school years, Jennifer Denton spent her weekends getting her hands dirty at a farmers market in the Dallas- Ft. Worth area. "That just really got me started wi ker County ain.t Texas toma- toe etl 'a l recalled. Now an aesthetician at Sheer i nvE size of the task, she turned to Buda Drugstore owner Tammy Gray and the Buda Downtown Merchant's group for help. The organizers are reaching out to farmers and vendors who might be interested in renting a booth space at the re-envisioned market. In addition to produce and herbs, they hope to attract vendors selling high-quality prepared food, some hand- made crafts, and products like breads, pies, jams, jellies and Imp'~!~asSalon, Denton is hot sauce In keepIng with the lea~'ve to replant the local food movement, they seed~lr~ers market in plan to restrict all products to a dowfit0wn Buda. lO0-mile radius from Buda. When she moved to Buda Unlike the old farmers ! ~ars ago, Denton market, tucked offthe beaten i fr~llfi, ented the small farmers path south of City Hall, the new :kmarket that set up shop once market will likely set up shop PHOTO BY JEN BIUNDO a month on the greenbelt just south of City Hall. But tucked away and unpublicized, that market quietly faded away around 2007. "I had actually inquired about what would be required to get the little market back where it used to be," Denton said. Denton went down to city hall and collected a thick stack of documents, but realizing the under the pavilion in Buda City Park, offering protection from rain and access to park- ing, bathrooms and electrical "outlets. Though they haven't yet set a regular schedule for the rein- vented market, the merchants are considering setting it up on one or more Thursdays each month, to coincide with the "First Thursday" events. Three years ago, etly shut down. 1 of a new farmer., While the ne not be up and next spring, th~ ing to launch a ket day in the 1~ closing for the Buda Tourisl Alisha Burrow i Tom MaWs: Seeks job as San Marcos City Man Continued from pg. 1A the last eight years is very evi- dent and obvious to both gov- eminent officials and citizens. There would be no mystery or lack of famih'arity as to my past achievements or management style." Forgoing a costly and time- consuming search and appli- cation process for a new city manager would allow Mattis to "hit the ground running," he wrote, and make use of his ex- isting network of business and political leaders in the region. An executive search would take ~y' ' ,, " .... d "~-'lYansition tO flay ad~d ministration given my knowl- edge of the community and city operations in general, as I am very familiar with many staff members and local gov- ernment off~cials .... Basically, San Marcos has nothing to lose and everything to gain in Depot in Disrepair Continued from pg. 1A She said her board recently /discovered that the depot had #a~egregated waiting room for : ~Af~rican-hmedcans and hopes ~':~ preserve the area, which ".was slated to be bathrooms in Antenora's designs. ;~, "Preserving this space will i!provide us the opportunity .~.~o inform visitors about our ~aast," she said. ) Incorporating city offices baside the depot, such as the , Chamber of Commerce and economic development teams, was envisioned by for- mer city manager Tom Mattis, who stepped down after the council approved his resigna- t as- s iilay have given his company an unfair at least considering me for the city manager position at this time. This is a unique poInt in time and opportunity for both the city and I - and it would seem obvious that there should be some meaningful conversa- tion about the possibilities of this scenario before we both move on to something else," he reputation. .... 1 think the change in city leadership may have caused it," Antenora said. "Some people thought that we were in support of Mattis. But it was the city attorney that recom- mended us, not Mattis." He added that his company was asked to tackle the depot project after it helped design the new city hall. Uncertainty about what the city wants to do with the depot also influenced the company's decision to opt out, he said. "They all need to decide what they truly want to do," Antenora said. "We were just struck in the middle." Antenora said his company would still like to finish the project, but not until the city has a clearer direction. "The reality is that, given the circumstances, we were just not the right fit for this project; and that the city and able to find that right 'fit,' unless we withdrew," he said. "This may offer them the chance to step back, reassess, and do just that." wrote. In the men! ; farmers market, just south of City Hall in Buda, qui- group of local merchants are trying to replant the seeds market in Buda City Park. v market may inning until group is hop- least one mar- te fall before dnter. l Director ; working with the merchants to organize the new market. "Ultimately, I think that hav- ing the farmers market here in Buda would promote that'buy local' concept," Burrow said. "It would really benefit the com- munity all the way around." position in La a county of about a quarter- as since his de- million people near Orlando. 7yle, Mattis has That entity has not yet named :faced as an ap- someone to the position. 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