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Columbiana Council readies food truck regulations

COLUMBIANA — The food truck trend has continued to increase in the city over the last two years, and council will be presented with legislation at the next meeting on how to regulate the new business.

Council and the planning commission began discussing possible regulation in 2016 in response to food trucks coming to town.

In March of last year the planning commission made formal recommendations to council that food trucks be required to apply for a mobile food vendor permit to operate locally, with permit fees set at $25 for a day, $300 for six months or $500 for a year.

The recommendations were made by Mayor Bryan Blakeman, who has a seat on the commission.

Council has considered the recommendations over the last year, but has yet to take any action.

Tuesday night, council discussed the matter again and agreed on recommendations to include in legislation that will be drafted for a first reading at the next meeting.

The mobile food vendor license and fee structure were included with the stipulation that permits would need to come through either the Columbiana or Mahoning county health departments, which Blakeman said was suggested by Columbiana County Health Commissioner Wes Vins.

Other recommendations council agreed upon were giving council the right to waive fees for trucks during special events or for charitable organizations; allowing food trucks to operate from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and not allowing trucks to park on public streets unless given express permission from council.

Trucks that want to operate on private property would still need to get permission from the planning commission.

The discussion will continue at the next meeting on April 3.

kwhite@mojonews.com

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