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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Easton 5-22-2013 by Ord. No. 5408.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fees — See Ch. 285.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance superseded former Ch. 350, Markets, Public, adopted as Art. 307 of the 1965 Codified Ordinances, as amended.
Public markets are hereby established at the following places in the City:
A. 
Circle Market. The sidewalks around Public Circle and quadrants as approved by the City Council.
B. 
Other places. Such other places or spaces as may hereafter be designated by Council; provided, however, that the designation, establishing and setting aside of the marketplaces, as herein designated or as may hereafter be established by Council, shall in no manner abridge or interfere with the rules and regulations that are now in force or may hereafter be promulgated by the Director of Police and Director of Public Works with respect to safety zones, traffic regulations, the public safety or the welfare of the citizens in the use of the streets and highways of the City.
All persons selling or offering for sale any vegetables, fruit, poultry or food products, or home-produced art and craft objects whatsoever within the public markets as defined in § 350-1 shall be subject to the following rules and regulations and be governed thereby:
A. 
License required. All persons are prohibited from occupying spaces or stands within the limits of the public markets without first having duly procured the proper and necessary license.
B. 
Market days established.
[Amended 1-13-2016 by Ord. No. 5535]
(1) 
Days and hours.
(a) 
The normal outdoor market would be permitted from April 1 until December 20, and operate from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
(b) 
A winter market is allowed to operate from January through March with hours of 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon, with vendors located on the north side of the circle. The winter market is allowed to operate on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month.
(2) 
No person shall, without a license, sell, display or offer to sell any article or thing whatsoever within the limits of the market except upon those public market days. Whenever any public holiday, as established by Act of Assembly, shall fall upon any such market day, the Council is empowered to declare by resolution that such day shall not be a market day and is empowered to designate by resolution either the day immediately preceding or following such holiday as a market day for that week with the same effect as though the day had been set aside as a market day by ordinance. In the event that the Council shall, by resolution, declare any day established by this chapter as a market day not to be a market day, no person shall sell, display or offer for sale any articles as aforesaid within the limits of the public market upon that day.
C. 
Hours of operation; special days. Except as hereinafter provided, no person shall enter the public markets for business purposes on market days before 6:00 a.m., and all operations shall cease at 4:00 p.m. on Saturdays, at which time all stands, vehicles and equipment shall be removed. Wednesday market days shall commence at 3:00 p.m. and terminate at 8:00 p.m., at which time all stands, vehicles and equipment shall be removed by 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday Market Day.
[Amended 1-13-2016 by Ord. No. 5535]
D. 
The City Council grants management authority to the Greater Easton Development Partnership (GEDP). Said management authority may be withdrawn by the City Council with reasonable notice to the Greater Easton Development Partnership.
[Amended 1-13-2016 by Ord. No. 5535]
E. 
The GEDP or its designee shall establish rates for market space vendors and establish rules of order that will be posted publicly on the days the market operates.
F. 
The GEDP or its designee shall work with the City Health Officer to ensure that all vendors subject to food and health regulations operate in accordance with those regulations.
[Amended 1-13-2016 by Ord. No. 5535]
G. 
All vendors will be required to pay all fees and all taxes established by City ordinance and be in compliance with all regulations established in the Codified Ordinances of the City of Easton to participate in the market.
[Amended 1-13-2016 by Ord. No. 5535]
H. 
Removal of garbage, etc. All garbage and offal shall be removed promptly by those responsible for same. No refuse of any kind shall be thrown into any sewer or sewer inlet or in any can or receptacle provided by the City for public use.
I. 
(Reserved)[1]
[1]
Editor’s Note: Former Subsection I, No restraint of free competition, was repealed 1-13-2016 by Ord. No. 5535.
J. 
Any vendor who purchased permanent space in the Circle Market in the current year shall be offered the same space and linear footage at the same physical location as purchased in the following year at a price set forth in Chapter 285, Fees, per linear foot of curb. Each year thereafter, only those vendors who had space in 1995 and who have continuously purchased that space thereafter shall be eligible to purchase that same exact space and location as occupied in 1995. If a vendor chooses to purchase less space in any year, the following year's allocation of space shall be made on the basis of that most recently purchased. The purchaser of permanent space shall not sell or assign said space at any time after the space has been purchased.
[Amended 1-13-2016 by Ord. No. 5535]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter, upon conviction, shall be fined not more than $1,000 and, in default of payment of fine and costs, imprisoned not more than 90 days.