Borough Council rejects farmers market; Student Co-Op hikes fees

The Hawk Report, April 13, 2014, WIUP-FM

Caption: First Ward Indiana, Pa., borough councilman Peter Broad, April 9, 2014, at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania library. Photo by Kelsey Breunig.

First Ward Indiana, Pa., borough Councilman Peter Broad, April 9, 2014, at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania library. Photo by Kelsey Breunig.

First, we follow up on the farmers’ market controversy in Indiana borough. Since 2009, the market has sold locally produced farm, bakery, dairy and craft goods on Wednesday afternoons at a cramped parking lot one block south of Philadelphia Street and one block north of the IUP campus. When Indiana borough recently completed the new IRMC Park a couple of blocks to the northeast, the market asked to move there. On Tuesday, the borough Council voted no, on a 7-5 vote. Hawk Report producer Kelsey Breunig has been following the story and updates the recent action, including reaction from Councilman Peter Broad.

Second, on Thursday the Student Cooperative Association created a $65,000 deficit, the IUP student newspaper The Penn reported in Friday’s edition. To cover the budget gap, the Co-Op board approved a fee increase of $6 per student -– about a 2 percent hike. That means every IUP undergrad soon will be paying $337.50 a year in activity fees. Hawk Report producer Dave Gershgorn interviews Co-Op finance committee Chair Matthew Jones, an IUP senior finance major, about the budget deficit and the fee hike.

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