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Bike Racks for Proctor Hit Speed Bump
Let’s just get this disclaimer out of the way up front: 1. We have been members of the Cheryl the Pig Lady CSA for years. 2. We have been known, on occasion, to ride our bikes to the Proctor Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings. Okay, with that off our chests, here’s the story…
For two years now, Zach Oulette has been working on a project to design, produce, and install a pair of new bike racks near where the Proctor Farmers’ Market sets up every Saturday morning. Zach is there most weekends with his mother, Cheryl, selling the pork, chicken, duck, beef, and other meats they raise on their farm. Zach noticed that there seemed to be a shortage of bike parking for market-goers, and decided to make it his Eagle Scout project to fix that.
With the help of local architect Jennifer Wedderman, and donations gathered from market patrons, Zach got the bike racks produced, and was ready to install them in front of the Pacific Northwest Shop, with the approval of owner Bill Evans and the City. All he needed was the thumbs-up from the Proctor District Association… which he didn’t get. According to The News Tribune today, the bike racks (forest green, metal, in the shape of bikes) don’t fit in with the district’s plans for its future.
The association allegedly has a plan that Zach’s bike racks do not meet because of rules pertaining to three-dimensional artwork in Proctor.
“We asked for a copy of the plan and were told it does not exist on paper,” Weddermann said.
The PDA president sites concerns over insuring and maintaining the racks; a former PDA officer says the design doesn’t fit. After consulting the City, Zach and Wedderman discovered that as long as they had Evans’ support for the rack on his property, they could go ahead with the City permit process. Evans is looking into insurance costs for the bike racks, while the racks wait on the Oulette farm.
Zach got his Eagle Scout approval. The Proctor Market has yet to get its bike racks. So what exactly does the Proctor Plan envision for the future? And who gets to decide?
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