GENEVA – Aldermen recommended approval of a new license agreement for 2020 and 2021 for the Geneva French Market at the Feb. 18 Committee of the Whole meeting.
It is an open-air European-style market open every Sunday from mid-April through mid-November in the Metra parking lot on the northwest corner of South and Fourth streets.
Vendors typically sell vegetables, fruits, flowers, oils, cheese, tea, baked goods, pasta and homemade soaps, as well as apparel and art.
City Administrator Stephanie Dawkins said in past years, license agreements with the company that owns the French Markets, Bensidoun USA Inc., have been for one year
“The request is for a two-year term to provide Bensidoun an opportunity to secure consistent vendors,” Dawkins said.
The agreement includes a $500 annual license fee, she said.
Bensidoun is responsible for the set-up, tear-down, utility costs, costs to update parking signs and for this year, the company will also replace the on-site light pole banners, Dawkins said.
In past years, the license fee has been $500, Dawkins said.
After surveying other communities’ fees for other French Market locations, staff recommended keeping the license fee the same, because the Geneva site is smaller and the city does not provide the same assistance as other locations do, Dawkins said.
“We felt that the fee charged is reasonable and did not recommend an increase,” Dawkins said.
The City Council will take final action on approving the license.
More information about French Markets is available online at www.bensidounusa.com.