Mt. Vernon Register-News

May 21, 2013

Former armory hosts flea market



The former armory on Broadway will be the home of a flea market and farmer's market, staring the first Saturday in June.

"Carrie Lowery and a few thousand of her friends brought this idea to us," City Tourism Director Bonnie Jerdon told the city council Monday during its regular meeting.

Lowery, who has the Mt. Vernon Yard Sale website and Mt. Vernon Yard Sale Announcements page on Facebook, said she posed the idea to the members of her social media sites.

"We put the feelers out to see if anyone was interested," Lowery said. "Over 150 people said they would like to be vendors at some point, and about 50 wanted to be regular vendors. Many of them are people who aren't ready to start up their own business, but want to get their foot in the door. We only kept the posting up for 24 hours and we had that many people who are interested."

The council approved an agreement with Mt. Vernon Festivals Inc., to allow the Market Day events. An application for vendors is available at the Tourism Office.

"The rules for vendors is on the back, and each spot is a 12 by 12 space for $15," Jerdon explained. "We will use the grass space in front of the armory, and if someone wants to sign up for more than one month, they can get the front spots, which we consider prime areas. ... We will also use the parking area that is fenced on the south side of the armory. I believe we can get a little over 100 booths to start with."

The Market Day event has been scheduled to coincide with First Fridays, an event held in the downtown area for artists and vendors on the first Friday of each month.

"People will know that the first weekend of every month, there's a lot going on in our area," Jerdon said. Lowery added a flea market is held the first Sunday of the month in DuQuoin, and she expects to get visitors from that event as well.

"This is a resource to promote other businesses in town, such as restaurants, resale shops and decorating shops," Lowery said. "That is the market that will be drawn to the Market Day."

In other business, the council:

Held a first reading on an ordinance to reduce the number of Mt. Vernon Police Department captains;

Approved making Human Resources Director Cheryl Conner the authorized agent for the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund;

Approved a request of James J. Rozycki Jr. for a mortgage to Texico Bank of his Lake Miller leasehold interest;

Approved an assignment of a Lake Jaycee lease from Waqqas H. Kahn to Christopher and Pamela Michel and consented to the mortgage to Community First Bank of the Heartland;

Set a public hearing for an amendment to the Industrial Park Conservation Area Tax Increment Finance District redevelopment plan for 6:30 p.m. July 15. The amendment is to allow for residential development within the TIF area;

Approved a TIF inducement resolution with Russell Brown for 114 through 116 N. Ninth St.;

Approved a TIF inducement resolution with Toni Federici for 916 Main St.;

Approved the re-appointment of Glenda Eubanks and the appointment of Sheila Jolly-Scrivner and Mike Carbonaro to the Mt. Vernon Tourism Advisory Board;

Approved the appointment of Joe Bob Pierce to the Airport Authority Commission;

Approved the appointment of James Wood to the Planning and Zoning Commission;

Approved the appointment of Paul Lynch to the TIF Joint Review Boards and

Approved the re-appointment of Teri Clark and Bernard Dickneite and the appointment of Sandra Williams to the Park Board.

The council also received a report from Downtown Mt. Vernon Development Corporation Executive Director Cyndy Mitchell on projects which have been completed in the last 12 years; and heard from Jon and Sarah Henninger about an issue with a retaining wall that is falling down on North 42nd Street and a dispute between the couple and the city on who owns the wall.