The Lexington Farmers Market is set up in the old courthouse's shadow in the Fifth Third Pavillion. Drawing more than 75 vendors and hundreds of shoppers, many have relied upon the bathrooms and facilities offered by building for years.
Jeff Dabbelt, Executive Director of the Lexington Farmers Market said "It's a key part of our market for our customers and farmers, but sanitation is key and that's what we want here."
Dabbelt says they do have partnerships with some local restaurants and have porta-poddies. But with many farmers arriving at 5 in the morning and not packing up till 3 in the afternoon, many like the convienence the courthouse had to offer.
"Obviously, a bathroom is a nicer facility," John Dotson, a vendor, explained. "It's cleaner, more private."
Its also climate controlled, offering air conditioning in the summer and heat in the winter. As contractors come in to try and flush out the lead paint problem, some say the impact to vendors in the meantime is an even bigger drain.
"The convienence of keeping flowers hydrated; produce, you know, lettuce... keeping it hydrated," Dabbelt said. "And people don't always think about the animals, but a lot of vendors put out dog drinking water. It's just the little things like that that are some of the details we need to work out in order to run a successful business operation."
Officials say after contractors figure out how bad the problem is, they'll have a better idea of what kind of price tag there will be to fix it.
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