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August 21, 2013

City of Tonawanda passes food truck regulations



He presented the council with 27 large cities that have a fee less than $400, and said the city should consider a renewal fee that is less than the original application cost. Stenger also proposed that the council allow a fee for a six-month period that would allow food trucks an affordable way to operate in the city for the summer. 

Although Stenger said he wouldn’t take issue with the 100-foot radius requirement at Tuesday’s meeting, he said he plans to contest it at the start of next year when talks resume. 

“We are not a fan of proximity constraints,” he said, noting that a city shouldn’t be regulating competition between restaurants and food trucks. “In the future, we would like to get the 100-foot requirement lowered.” 

He also argued that contrary to the city’s current policy, the food trucks should be allowed in parks. Niawanda Park had been a popular spot for food trucks to set up shop prior to the regulations put in place.

“I think you should try it and see how it works,” he said to the council. “I think we could bring even more people to the parks.” 

Representatives from three food truck companies were at the meeting Tuesday, and Pete Cimino, of Lloyd Taco Truck, echoed many of Stenger’s comments. 

“We are really just a transient business ... like a plumber, who is based in Kenmore, but also travels and has permits in other towns,” he said. “We need to view this more in that way.”

Cimino said he is still interested in getting a Tonawanda permit and trying it out for the rest of the year.

“I would like to be here at least once a week,” he said. 

Also at Tuesday’s meeting:

• Councilwoman Heather Little announced that she is stepping down from her position due to her move to Hamburg. Tuesday was her last meeting, and Council President Carleton Zeisz said they have not decided whether they will fill her position before November’s election. 

• Zeisz also announced that an informational session on the Little League Drive development housing plans will take place at 7 p.m. Aug. 27. Representatives from developer Natale, and the lawyer who represented the city in negotiations with the company, will lead the session. 

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




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