STERLING – Want to shop and eat in Sterling? Options are increasing, after some decisions March 17 by the Select Board.
The popular Sterling Street Market will be returning, with officials giving the OK for Jane Morgan to organize the market from April to October, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Butterick Building parking lot, weather permitting.
“It was very successful last year with a lot of people coming out,” Morgan told selectmen. “It was something to do and a way to congregate safely.”
After the meeting, Morgan sent out an email to potential vendors, saying she plans to open April 3.
Not everyone was happy with the Butterick site. Select Board member Arden Sonnenberg said she thought the area behind the fire station, known as Memorial Park, would be a good venue with less chance for conflicts with other groups wanting the space in the center of town.
Last fall, Morgan changed the hours of the Sterling Street Market for a few weeks when the YAHOO youth group needed the space for their fall cleanup staging.
But Morgan said she would rather use the space near the municipal building and be flexible when needed.
“My preference is due to the visibility,” Morgan said, noting many customers saw the market set up and stopped. “It is convenient and there is plenty of parking.”
The other selectmen said they preferred the Butterick location.
“I prefer it here because it is all paved,” Select Board Chair Maureen Cranson said.
Morgan started the market when the cocker spaniel rescue she is part of could not do its usual fundraising. Other organizations, as well as private residents, have set up at the market.
Anyone with questions can email Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org for a registration form.
Two food options will soon be available.
The Brick’s outside dining, which began in the fall, was approved to return this spring.
The town’s DPW and town planner put together a program last year with the state to set the tables up on the sidewalk and into the street to have the tables in the center of town.
“I liked seeing people outside in a safe venue,” Select Board member John Kilcoyne said.
The state had agreed to the customers having alcoholic beverages outside.
The DPW has agreed to help owners set up the tables.
In addition, a food truck, Stomping Group Z, was approved for outside Oh My Gosh Antiques, 15 Waushacum Ave.
Don Hill said he used to have a food truck, and missed running it, so found a wood wagon, “like a fair style” that he would like to set at the antique store.
He is proposing Sundays, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The truck would have a simple menu of hot dogs and other offerings.
The Select Board’s approval is contingent on Hill’s getting a food permit from the Board of Health.