Templeton farmers market allowed to stay in place

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The Templeton Farmers Market can remain on 6th Street without barricades as long as organizers allow 18-feet for two-lane cross traffic.

The paperwork issue became a hot-button topic in the small North County community in recent weeks when the North County Farmers' Market Association said their regular Saturday event was forced onto the grass after organizers couldn’t come to an agreement with local officials on how to meet required state traffic regulations.

But in a private meeting Friday morning, San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Frank Mecham was able to help quell recent concerns from the market group, the county and the CHP to find a solution that worked for everyone.

The county public works department agreed to issue a modified permit that lessened its typical 22-foot street traffic clearance to “the absolute minimum” of 18 feet  - enough for vendors to setup a table and perpendicularly park a large truck or van behind it in the street, county deputy director of public works Dave Flynn said.

“That two feet made all the difference in their mind,” he said. His office agreed to the modification, Flynn said, because existing stop signs around the area of Templeton Community Park, where the market is held, calm traffic enough to support the smaller lane space.

Permanent signs notifying people of the farmer's market are also in the works, Mecham said.

The association had operated the market without a permit since 2011, which prompted the recent re-application process.

The new permit expires Dec. 31, 2013. Any fines or fees incurred by the permit process were waived as is typical for local groups, Flynn said.