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August 7, 2013

Food trucks make their case

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CITY OF TONAWANDA —

“But the food trucks wouldn’t be allowed in the park, anyway,” Stenger said. “And I don’t understand why you would want to do that, where there are no other options for people.”

But Council President Carleton Zeisz seemed to disagree. 

“They just can pull up, serve food and leave. What’s in it for us?” he asked.

In response, Stenger argued that food trucks can bring more people into the city, and therefore benefit other businesses. He said about three or four trucks are interested in coming to Tonawanda, and said that although he understands the concerns surrounding the matter, food trucks and restaurants don’t compete for business.

“They pay property taxes, they’re afraid it is going to steal business,” he said. “But people go to food trucks and restaurants for different reasons ... one for ambiance, to sit down, and the other for a quick bite ... it is apple and oranges.”

In closing, Stenger and Cimino provided the council with information on food truck laws from the Institute of Justice, which offers advice on what laws are best for all parties involved. The council also received a list of the fees cities across the nation charge food trucks, which range from $50 to over $1,000 in some communities. 

Stenger said he is hoping a fair resolution will be passed before the council in the coming weeks that can serve as a trial for the rest of the summer.

“We can see how it works, and come back here in the spring to reconsider,” he said.

Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000 ext. 4150, or follow her on Twitter @JessicaLBagley.

 

 

 

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