Peru may restrict food trucks doing business near restaurants – Shaw Local

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Peru’s Mayor Ken Kolowski has suggested banning a food vendor from parking within 500 feet of an established restaurant, as Peru’s city council discussed a complaint about a food truck on Monday. food parked near a restaurant, which would have taken advantage of the restaurant’s foot traffic.

Kolowski also suggested at Monday’s board meeting a complete overhaul of the current guidelines, saying they are vague and outdated.

“We just have to find something fairer,” Kolowski said.

Alderman Jim Lukosus agreed with Kolowski and said the city needs to protect businesses that have been in the city for many years.

“I think we need to provide immediate relief to some of these businesses that are affected,” Lukosus said.

Alderman Tom Payton asked what the rule would be if the food truck was parked on the seller’s property, citing a discussion he had with a Princeton city official where that was an issue. City Attorney Scott Schweickert said there was a solution, but it would take time.

Schweickert said the city can change its zoning ordinance and require people to have a special license from the city to have a food truck on their property. This process, in addition to rewriting all of the city’s food truck guidelines, will take time.

Aldermen may pass an ordinance, possibly at the next council meeting, on how far a food truck must park from an established restaurant.

Alderman Mike Sapienza suggested reducing the distance from 500 feet to closer to 300 feet. He said that because 500 feet is about a city block and a half, which is a considerable distance, it would put food trucks at a disadvantage and limit where they can park.

Alderman Jason Edgcomb agreed and said he wanted to make sure food trucks feel welcome in Peru and maintain good relationships with vendors so people can continue to enjoy food trucks. Edgcomb said if food truck regulations are too restrictive, vendors may feel pushed out of the area.

Lukosus said regulations should be more restrictive due to the mobile nature of trucks. Since food truck businesses don’t have to pay property taxes and other bills that sustain the city, Lukosus said council should prioritize brick-and-mortar establishments.

A decision on a new ordinance for food trucks has not been made. An ordinance limiting how far a food truck can park from an established restaurant may be on the agenda for the next city council meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12 at 1901 Fourth St.

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