MT PLEASANT, MI - Mt. Pleasant is almost a year into the implementation of its revised food truck ordinance and has not received any criticism regarding the changes.
“I checked with both the city manager’s office and my office, and haven’t heard any complaints,” City Clerk Jeremy Howard said.
Right now, the city has two food trucks licensed for operation.
Howard said that because Central Michigan University Research Corporation has recently kicked off “Food Truck Fridays,” an initiative aimed at drawing more attention toward food truck start-ups, the city might see an uptick in registered food trucks.
“I think that Food Truck Fridays has kind of put that into the forefront a little bit, so I think we’ll see potentially at least people talking about it,” he said.
Howard said the ordinance, passed in October 2013, went into effect November of the same year.
The ordinance was drafted with a one-year sunset provision, Howard said, so if it is not re-examined by the commission within the coming months, it will expire.
If the ordinance does end, Howard said, the city’s provision on the mobile food truck specifics will end as well.
However, the changes made to the rest of the ordinance, such as wording changes, will stay, he said.
The ordinance changes allowed food trucks to park in the downtown area and on Main Street south of High Street between the hours of 8 p.m. and 3 a.m.
Twelve of the trucks can register per year on a first-come first-serve basis, and vendors must move if they present any sort of a threat to public safety.
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