Tonawanda News

The City

March 19, 2014

City OKs food truck law

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Tonawanda News — Pete Cimino, the cofounder of Lloyd Taco Truck, pointed out that many other local municipalities, including Buffalo, have a 100-foot radius requirement.

“It is just very clear that there was no reason to increase that,” said Cimino, who also argued that the fee is too high for the city’s size. “Food trucks can bring people to the city and foster revitalization ... this just tells me that they want business as usual around here.”

But council members argued that the resolution offered a fair compromise and was designed to promote the well being of residents. They also noted that the new resolution allows trucks in the parks, while the 2013 law did not.

“I’m very pleased that it passed, because food trucks attract people to our city,” Councilwoman Jenna Koch said. “There have been a lot of discussions with the food trucks and the area businesses, and I thought the resolution reached a common goal.”

Resident Lynn Casal also spoke in support of the resolution, which expires at the end of the year.

“He (Berrafato) has been paying taxes here for a very long time, and has been providing jobs, and to not consider him is unjust,” she said. 

Also at Tuesday’s meeting:

• The city honored Pauline Katus, who recently retired as a school crossing guard after 41 years of service.

• Council President Carleton Zeisz said that the body will meet with Canal Fest organizers next week. They will consider implementing a multi-year deal, and will also discuss the possibility of moving the parade.

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

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