GLEN ROCK – The Borough Council released the farmers market company--upon its own request--in spite of having a year left on its contract after indicating it tired of constant questioning, according to Mayor Bruce Packer.
“It seems it did not matter how far they went, how much they complied with our procedures,” Packer said of Green Events on Dec. 11. “It was never enough.”
Councilwoman Amy Martin said it was more than over-questioning the way Green Events ran the event each week.
“I hate to say it, but I’m just going to put it out there,” she said. “It became political.”
“If the chamber were selected, there wouldn’t have been a problem,” councilman Arthur Pazan said.
Packer said Green Events, the company that ran the 20-plus week market through October, asked to be released from the two-year deal with an option for a third year after running the market for one season.
“The profit they got was not what they hoped for,” Packer said. “They spent a lot of time and effort to bring a really great thing to Glen Rock and it didn’t pay off.”
Green Events is donating its $5,000 profit for the 2017 season to the Glen Rock Environmental Commission’s Creative Arts Team.
“I think that in and of itself is a statement,” Martin said.
The council appeared open to entertaining another group or company to run the event.
Councilman Michael O’Hagan said he was “very disappointed” that Green Events did not want to return to run the market.
“It was a really great thing for Glen Rock,” he said.
“Maybe we should revisit some of the frustration Green Events faced,” Packer said. “They were asked for more and more every step of the way.”
Councilman Bill Leonard agreed.
“We need to review our process for having events in town,” Leonard said.
“We’ll talk to our risk manager,” Packer said. “We could make it a little more pleasurable for a group to come in and run an event.”