The Farmers’ Market is on the Plymouth Board of Selectmen’s agenda again tonight. This time, a discussion of the three bids that were opened last week in response to the RFP issued by the town for the market will take place.
Bidders are looking to use town property at Stephens Field and the Courthouse Green to conduct the market. Bids were received from Barbara Anglin and Explore Historic Plymouth for the use of both Stephens Field and the Courthouse Green. The highest bidder for the use of both sites is Explore Historic Plymouth. Christine Pratt is a director of that group. She managed the market on the Courthouse Green for three years. The next highest bidder, for Stephens Field only, is Marie Foley, an experienced market manager.
Barbara Anglin, operator of markets on both sites for many years, was the low bidder. Town Manager Mark Stankiewicz commented on what the Board may do at tonight’s meeting: “I would certainly hope that they would have a recommendation by tonight’s meeting.”. Stankiewicz was asked about possible alternatives: “Well, of course, all the bids could be rejected and you could start the process all over again.” He was asked if that’s a possibility? “I would have to say that we’d have to look very closely—as long as the bids are responsive and they comply with the laws within the Commonwealth, we have an obligation to award it.”
Selectmen meet tonight at 7:00.