ST. FRANCISVILLE — The Board of Aldermen agreed Tuesday to consider an ordinance at a future meeting to regulate food vehicles.
Mayor Billy D’Aquilla told the board he sent them a number of examples from other municipalities to consider, but some of the members had not seen them all. They agreed to table the discussion until the June 9 meeting.
“We’re not going to have a flood of food trucks, but we better have something that regulates who can and who can’t set up one and where they can set it up,” said D’Aquilla. “We need to give it a lot of thought.”
Alderman Rucker Leake said he supports local food businesses that want to have trucks but he doesn’t want to see outside vendors, particularly from out of state, competing with local vendors.
“I want to be supportive of local businesses, because they pay taxes and property taxes,” said Leake. The ordinance wouldn’t pertain to emergency vehicles that hand out food after catastrophic events like hurricanes.
D’Aquilla said an ordinance should limit food trucks to special public events like the annual Christmas in the Country. He also said he would like to see the trucks set up on private property.
“We want (the ordinance) to be concise, and we should have something in place, but we need to give it some thought,” said town attorney Jesse Means.
During his mayor’s report, D’Aquilla said the town is considering adding some street lights. He said anyone who has a suggested location should call Shannon Sturgeon at Town Hall at (225) 635-3688.
Police Chief Scott Ford also updated the board on an increase in abandoned garage sale signs on town streets that are not being picked up after the events.
The town has an ordinance regarding temporary signs, and Ford told the board police have issued citations to residents who have ignored the ordinance after being called to pick up the signs.