Food Trucks in Maplewood City Council: 2 Against, 2 Mostly Against, 2 For, 1 Absent
A discussion of food trucks at Tuesday's Maplewood city council meeting showed two for and two against. Two others were against on a regular basis. One councilman wasn't there. No motion was made.
In the end, no motion was made after the food truck discussion Tuesday night at the Maplewood city council meeting.
City manager Martin Corcoran said the staff was given no directives, so nothing will happen to change the current law that prohibits food trucks from operating in the city.
The discussion revealed council members David Cerven and Tim Dunn for food trucks and Karen Wood and Fred Wolf against.
Wood and Wolf said few words in indicating their positions against. Cerven and Dunn explained how they came to be for food trucks.
Cerven said an event at Kellog Park or Deer Creek Park might work, but the important thing is to level the playing field so food truck operators don’t have an economic advantage.
“If it can be worked out that everybody can thrive together, then I think it would be a good thing to have food trucks,” he said.
Dunn said food trucks would add a synergy to the area.
“A person comes to a food truck, maybe on a Thursday, maybe Friday they’re going to want to sit down at Boogaloo or the Wine Kitchen, or one of the other facilities, and that's how it happens,” he said.
Both White and Greenberg said they’re against food trucks on a regular basis, but both mentioned a special event as a possibility.
Greenberg said food trucks would have to bring more people to Maplewood to make it viable.
“The only way I could see this bringing more people is to make an event out of it, but we don't have the venue for that,” he said. “I don't see how it could work and I've thought about it quite a few times.”
Councilman Shawn Faulkingham wasn’t at the meeting.