Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Use the restroom before going to the City Market early

Mark Woods File Photo

Bodily functions are a fact of life. The functioning only increases with age. When someone tells you that “you’re like a fine wine that gets better with age” just smack the crap out of them.

Clearly no member of council understands that the “mature” adult requires more frequent visits to the restroom. Myself I ask before going anywhere – are there restrooms available? I’ve left the Market when needing a restroom cutting any further shopping short and leaving downtown businesses short-changed. This was probably more information than you wanted to know.

Mark Woods who has Woods Farm in Boones Mill said elderly customers who come early to the market have no where to use a restroom. The Market building doesn’t open until 11:00 a.m. Prior to the Market renovation it opened at 10:00 a.m. and you could sort of sneak in.

Center in the Square restrooms are not available either now that it is under construction. It leaves elderly customers and farmers without a facility (a pot to … ) until the Market building opens.

Woods said that Hall and Associates charges $20 an hour to have the restroom in the Market building available earlier. “I think that’s kind of silly because I think the Market building is a public place,” said Woods.

The Market Foundation wants someone there staffing it. The foyer area cannot be opened without someone there explained city manager Chris Morrill.

Woods said that Tracie Hughes, market manager and Officer Eric Pendleton who polices the downtown area would keep an eye on things prior to 11:00 a.m. for free.

“It will be an issue until the Center in the Square reopens in about 14 months from now,” said Morrill.

Thank you for the effort Mark – I saw no mercy – if you remember “pay toilets” then you are old as dirt like me.

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Commentary, Politics, Roanoke City Politics

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Comments (5)


October 18th, 2011 at 9:34 AM    

Mark, the common sense spokesperson for us who shop at the market and for the vendors are trying to keep the city market as a show piece of the city. I only have one “complaint”. Couldn’t you find a better picture of Mark? LOL He looks like an old, mean man; and he’s far from it. I barely recognized him, and we’ve known him since he was a teenager. He’s usually got a big smile on his face. Looks like you need to take your camera down there one weekend and get a good one of him. :)

Jack Mcguire

October 18th, 2011 at 12:29 PM    

I just wouldn’t go down there then till facilities are provided. Actually facilities should be required down there during working hours. Waiting fourteen months is ridiculous..I guess we should just go in the alleys like the homeless do.


October 18th, 2011 at 8:56 PM    

At the Market building “Freedom of speach and freedom to pee are in jeopardy.” That’s my sign for Occupy Roanoke this weekend.

Jack Mcguire

October 18th, 2011 at 9:14 PM    

Occupy the bathroom, if you can get in!


October 19th, 2011 at 1:38 AM    

Good one, Jack.

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