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Food Trucks May Be in Maplewood by November

The Maplewood city manager will have a food truck ordinance for the council to vote on at the next meeting.

Food trucks will likely be voted on at the next Maplewood City Council meeting.

It looked like a dead issue earlier in the year, but it appeared on the Sept. 11 agenda to be discussed, which resulted in the idea of a trial period.

At the Sept. 25 meeting, owner the Maplewood restaurant, The Post, Adrian Glass, spoke to the council on behalf of the Maplewood Chamber of Commerce.

“We don’t believe it will bring business to the community,” he said. “We feel it will gravely impact a lot of the restaurants in Maplewood.” But he said he appreciates the idea of a trial period.

He suggested they first gather sales data for six to 12 months, then compare that with sales during the trial period.

Councilman Barry Greenberg (Ward 3) said he doesn't think it's urgent to start a trial period.

“I have no problem with waiting, so at the end of the process we feel like we’ve made an informed decision,” he said.

Councilman Tim Dunn (Ward 2) disagreed.

“Why are we extending this debate?” he said. “It could be a great success or a great failure. Lets do it.

“The citizens said they love food trucks,” Dunn said. “We don’t put off fixing the streets if the citizens say they want better streets.”

He said if it turns out to be a bad idea they’ll find out and can tell the citizens why.

The council will use citizens’ comments and sales data from restaurants during the trial period compared to the same period the previous year to evaluate the trial.

City Manager Marty Corcoran said he could have an ordinance for the council to vote on at the Oct. 9 meeting. If it passes, food trucks could operate in Maplewood by November.

Read recent Patch articles on food trucks in Maplewood:

  • Food Truck Owners Speak Out at Maplewood Council
  • Food Truck Bans: Good or Bad for Business?
  • Food Trucks in Maplewood: Council Member Says Events Might be the Right Place

 

 

 

 

 

Michelle Seymour September 27, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Awesome, I can't wait!
Dorris Copeland September 27, 2012 at 03:10 PM
I agree with Tim Dunn..Just do it...Either it will fail or succed,give other people chances of making money.
Mr. Completely September 27, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Isn't it silly to start a 6 month trial run in November? How much business is a food truck gonna do in winter?
Jessie L. September 28, 2012 at 06:25 AM
Food trucks are nothing more than glorified door-to-door salesmen. People with no pride in the community who swoop in and steal business from those who choose to invest and put roots down to grow with a community. If you went door-to-door in Maplewood trying to sell DVD's, Maplewood police would run you off in 2 seconds flat. But drive a truck down Manchester and park and sell tacos...that's somehow different. Sorry, I don't see it. Just because they have a larger investment in their business somehow makes them more legitimate? The same city that enforces a Special Business District tax to businesses along Manchester and parts of Sutton to try to maintain the downtown Maplewood area now wants to allow these predators to circle the area like buzzards and pick off customers that the area so badly needs. There is no way for the city to come up with a fair formula to have these food trucks pay their fair share. So don't even try.

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