ST. FRANCISVILLE — St. Francisville’s Board of Aldermen agreed at their May 12 meeting to consider an ordinance that will regulate vehicles used for selling food and beverages.
Mayor Billy D’Aquilla recommended that the board look at establishing rules for mobile food vehicles and push carts, not because there has been a problem, but to stay ahead of any potential issues. The ordinance would also cover sno-ball stands and ice cream trucks.
“I’d like to have an ordinance that covers these food trucks, and I’ve been getting copies of what other cities have,” D’Aquilla said. “I’m going to take them and review them, and I’ll put it back on the agenda for the next meeting for us to consider.”
D’Aquilla said he has received copies of ordinances from Oxford, Mississippi, and Birmingham, Alabama, as well as New Orleans, Shreveport and Natchitoches.
Town attorney Jesse Means said once the examples from other communities are put together, he’ll write an ordinance for the board to consider.
“We just don’t want these vendor trucks to become an issue, so I want to be proactive with it,” D’Aquilla said.
Later, D’Aquilla presented an update on the Burnett Road Bridge project from Professional Engineering Consultants. D’Aquilla said the geological engineering recommendations have been received and are being incorporated into the design of the new bridge. The plans and specs are about 80 percent complete.
The board also adopted a new policy for employee vacation time, that will allow for unused time to be carried over to the next year.