ANC6B Steamed at Dissing by DGS over Eastern Market Flea Market Licensing
by Larry Janezich
ANC6B was expecting to hear Department of General Services (DGS) Associate Director Forest Hayes discuss the details of the new licenses issued to the Eastern Market Weekend Flea Markets Tuesday night. (The city backed off an earlier announcement that they were taking over management of the weekend flea markets from the current private operators as reported by CHC here: http://bit.ly/1QeBTGK). Instead, Hayes dispatched Eastern Market Manager Barry Margeson to the meeting to tell the ANC simply that the licenses had been extended to July 31, 2017, and all other questions should be directed to the DGS press office.
This did not sit well with Commissioners.
Chair Kirsten Oldenburg expressed her concern and disappointment that details were not forthcoming on whether the agreement contained any provision beyond the July 2017 date, particularly after completion of the Hine contract, saying that she felt the Commission had been deprived of the opportunity to have a dialogue with the Associate Director on these matters.
Commissioner Denise Krepp, never one to mince words, told Margeson that Hayes’ method of dealing with the scheduled visit was “outrageous. We invited Hayes; he said he can’t come and sent you to tell us to call his press person?” Margeson replied, “Yes.” Krepp said, “Excuse me, but it seems that the director is giving us a large bird.”
A less outspoken Commissioner Hoskins said that the failure of DGS to communicate or engage on such an important issue spoke to the need for the ANC to demand greater transparency on the licensing.
The Commission subsequently voted 10 – 0 to send a letter to the DGS Director Christopher E. Weaver, copying the Mayor, saying they “expected the director (Hayes) at our next meeting” to discuss the matter of licensing the flea markets.