Richland ends talk of farmers market

Richland County won't provide an alternate site for produce vendors who say they can't afford to relocate to the new State Farmers Market this spring.

On a 6-3 vote Tuesday, County Council halted further talk of buying the former Boozer Lumber site on Atlas Road - or any other site.

"We left them hanging, and I'm upset," said Councilman Kelvin Washington, who backed the deal. He predicted 20 longtime vendors will go out of business rather than move to the new market in neighboring Lexington County.

Opposed to further consideration of the issue were: Joyce Dickerson, Val Hutchinson, Damon Jeter, Paul Livingston, Bill Malinowski and Greg Pearce. Voting with Washington were Gwendolyn Davis Kennedy and Jim Manning.

Norman Jackson and Kit Smith were absent.