Construction crews busy on new Van Buren Farmer’s Market
by Bobby Lee McCulley | December 7, 2017 10:05 am
Construction crews have been busy at the construction site of various county projects, including the construction of the new farmer’s market.
Over the course of the past several years, the government of Van Buren County has received over $1,300,000 in various grants, which have been awarded by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the Tennessee Department of Health.
Some of the grant funding has been utilized for the development of Van Buren County’s first county-owned park. Additional grant funding is being used for projects that include the purchases of gazebos and an information center that will be located on the Burritt College grounds.
The latest project that is now underway is the construction of a new building that will house Van Buren County’s first farmer’s market.
During the Van Buren County Board of Commissioners’ September 2017 meeting, the members received bids for the proposed construction project to build a new farmer’s market. Johnson Builders presented the lowest bid for the project in the amount of $68,000.
The county commission approved the bid from Johnson Builders to construct the new 40 feet by 80 feet building that will feature 12 individual stalls. Since the bid came in under the amount awarded through the USDA grant, this project will not cost the taxpayers of Van Buren County any additional funding from the local level.
Construction on the farmer’s market officially began on Nov. 20, 2017. Since the project began, construction crews have made significant progress, according to Van Buren County Mayor Greg Wilson.
Additionally, grant funding has also been issued by the Tennessee Department of Health to construct new walking trails at the Van Buren County community centers. Construction crews will begin on these projects at a later date.