Mayor Shutters Children's Produce Stand For Lack of Permits

Lewis said he's tried to get a temporary variance from the town to let the girls continue to work their stand, but said he's gotten the run around from the city council and its planning commission.

"I'm open to any suggestions from them," he said.

Manning, who is one of five on the city council and has served for 22 years, said the Lewises spoke to planning officials informally about the variance and were denied, though they were welcome to file a formal application.

Manning said he also wondered why no one from the family has spoken before either the council or the commission, when both entities have public comment portions at their meetings.

Lewis said he has been to a planning meeting, but a neighbor spoke on his behalf. And Lewis believes the majority of the council members to be against the stand's operation and that's why he hasn't approached them.

Manning said he never went out to the Lewis home while the girls were working their stand. Katie said that maybe the town officials were "not looking into it quite well."

"The produce is organic," she said, "and it's really good."

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