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July 24, 2013

Tonawanda tables proposed food truck ordinance

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Tonawanda News — Debate over the resolution led to some confusion over what the city is aiming to do. Clerk Janice Bodie summed up the issue, asking, “Do you want them here or not?”

Although there was no clear answer to her question, Councilman Richard Slisz and other officials spoke in favor of any radius that would keep the trucks away from Niagara and Main streets.

“We would be letting outsiders come in and take business away from locals,” Slisz said. 

But the attorney representing food truck operators, Mitchell Stenger, said most New York cities and towns have between a 50-foot and 100-foot radius. Before the start of Tuesday’s meeting, Stenger and Lloyd Taco Truck co-founder, Peter Cimino, said they were hoping to get the measure tabled. 

Their wish was granted at the start of the meeting, when Zeisz announced the council would further review the proposal at the request of City Attorney Ronald Trabucco. 

Stenger, who said his main concern is the radius requirement, is planning to submit written comments on the council’s proposal before the body’s next meeting.

After the regular meeting, the council met with attorney Larry Rubin, who is representing the city in negotiations with Natale, the set developer for the planned housing development near Little League Drive. 

Negotiations over the contract began seven months ago, but Zeisz said an agreement should come before the council next month. 

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