LOGO government

The cost of leasing a space for a food truck at the Gainesville Farmers Market is increasing as the city prepares for the newly renovated market to open this spring.

On Tuesday, Feb. 5, members of the Gainesville City Council unanimously approved changing the city’s rate fee schedule for the 2018-19 fiscal year to provide updated charges associated with what city officials call “the improved farmers market.”

It’s now $250 per year to lease space for a food truck and $100 per year for vendors to lease space in the pavilion.

City Manager Barry Sullivan said there is “really no difference” in the price for the vendors to lease space, but there is a $150 increase for those with food trucks.

“Of course, we will have water and electricity offered for those spots as well,” Sullivan said.

Members of the council said even with the food truck price change, it’s still “pretty cheap” for a spot with water and electricity included.

According to information provided to council members, city staff will work on creating policies for cleanliness of spaces, occupancy requirements and when the city may rent a vendor’s space to another business if the usual vendor isn’t present.

In April, Celina-based Schmoldt Construction landed a nearly $2 million contract with the city of Gainesville to make improvements to the farmers market, according to a previous report in the Register. The market’s expansion project includes a stage, an outdoor gaming area and permanent restrooms.

Sullivan said Tuesday evening that work on the stage continues and the renovations to the downtown market should be complete “by the end of March or first of April.”