By Paul Daquilante • Staff Writer • 

Saturday market proposed in Willamina

That’s a necessary element, because he is proposing to operate from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Saturday on D Street, just off Main, and would need the first half-block closed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“I have no problem with a Saturday market,” Councilor Ila Skyberg said. “I think it’s a fantastic idea.” And her fellow councilors concurred.

Marrant hopes to launch his new venture the Saturday of July 6, immediately following Willamina’s big Independence Day events. By then, he needs to create an organizational vehicle, obtain the necessary permits and line up insurance coverage.

No one associated with the market would be salaried, he said. But he said he would need at least $1,000 from supportive organizations and individuals to cover the cost of permits, insurance, marketing, cleanup and such.

Marrant said he is envisioning creation of a steering committee consisting of a manager, an assistant manager, two vendors and a representative of the community at large. He said it would establish rules and regulations.

To make a success of it, he said he would need commitments from at least five vendors for each of the nine sessions.

Marrant said he would be entering a Saturday market float in the community’s Old Fashioned Fourth of July celebration, and setting up a food booth at the day-long event, to publicize the new venture. He said he also plans to create a logo.

He said he’d like to move the market to the West Valley Community Campus next year and make it a permanent fixture there.

Marrant was born and raised in McMinnville. He graduated from McMinnville High School in 1997 and Willamette University in 2001.

He lived on a 100-acre tract in Costa Rica for about five years, and still owns land in South America. But he is currently living and working in Willamina, where he operates a business called Food is Medicine.

“The whole idea behind my business, other businesses and the Saturday market is to work together,” Marrant said. “It’s a community venture. Everyone has to work with each other, even if it is a similar business model.

“We will survive as businesses based on how much we support each other. Businesses have to work together and with the community to have a strong, vibrant economy down here.”

He said Barbara Boyer, who launched McMinnville’s highly successful Thursday market, had been a tremendous resource. He asked potential vendors or volunteers to contact him at 971-237-1894 or

In other action, the council:

* Approved a resolution that raises water rates 5 percent and sewer rates 3 percent. The increases took effect with the billing cycle that began Monday, June 16.

Under the new rate structure, the minimum single-family rate is $92.40 — $37.45 for water and $54.95 for sewer. That’s an increase of $3.40.

The charge will be $1.07 per 100 cubic feet beyond the 750-cubic-foot minimum.

Increases are necessary to meet the operating costs of the utilities and to make required payments on outstanding loans for previous system improvements, officials said. Copies of the rate schedules are available at city hall, which is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

* Renewed its contract with the sheriff’s office for law enforcement services for the 2013-14 fiscal year at a cost of $209,500, with $170,500 earmarked for patrol and the rest for code enforcement. Retired McMinnville police officer Kent Stuart is handling code enforcement chores.

That’s an increase of about $8,250 for patrol services and $2,750 for code enforcement services, or 5 percent for patrol and 8.4 percent for code enforcement.

The finance committee expressed concern about the magnitude of the increases. It asked the staff to secure a pledge from the sheriff’s office to refund any excess, and that was done.

* Authorized sending to collections $160,275 in bad debt accumulated in Municipal Court over the five-year period from July 1, 1995 to June 30, 2010. Bad debt accumulated in the water and sewer fund was sent to collections in April.

City staffer Debbie Bernard researched the bad debt in all areas. The city hopes to recoup some of its loss while writing off the rest.

* Adopted a resolution that increases Recology Western Oregon rates 0.8 percent. Under the new rate structure, weekly 32-gallon service will run $13.42, weekly 90-gallon service $21.88 and bi-monthly 90-gallon service $14.21.

The rates become effective Saturday, July 1. Rate schedules can be picked up at city hall or viewed at the library.

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