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BOYNE CITY, MI — The Boyne City City Commission will go back to the drawing board in its effort to draft an ordinance that will regulate the operation of food trucks within the city.

During its regular semi-monthly meeting Tuesday, the commission voted unanimously to reject a proposed ordinance that would have allowed mobile food vendors to operate on a limited basis.

The move leaves the city where it was last fall when discussions about food truck regulations first came up at city hall: with no ordinance regulating food truck operation within the city.

However, with the same vote, in which it rejected the proposed ordinance, the commission also invoked a 90-day moratorium prohibiting food trucks from operating on public property anywhere within the city.

The moratorium specifically exempts mobile food vendors affiliated with special events such as the upcoming annual Fourth of July celebration and other similar events at which food trucks have traditionally been permitted.

By not including private property, the moratorium didn’t go far enough for many of the opponents of the proposed ordinance.

City attorney Jim Murray explained that his firm recommended the moratorium only include public property because that action is more legally defensible.

Murray said to invoke a moratorium on food trucks on private property (where zoning permits them) would amount to a taking of property rights without due process, something that could place the city on shaky legal ground. He also reminded the commissioners that a moratorium is intended to be a temporary “emergency” measure — not to take the place of legislation.

The discussion about food trucks began last fall when city officials began fielding a number of request from vendors inquiring about what they needed to do to operate within the city. Based on the interest, and the fact that the city currently has no ordinance regarding the operation of mobile food vendors, city staff began seeking public input on the issue.

Initial input from those who attended two public information session was generally agreeable to trying out an ordinance that would allow food trucks to operate in a limited way. Based on the input, including some from the city commission, last month city staff brought forward the proposed ordinance that was ultimately voted down Tuesday. The ordinance set forth a permitting process for food truck vendors, designated two public parking areas — one on South Park Street near the Boyne District Library and another near Peninsula Beach, set forth buffer zones on private property around currently-operating restaurants and set forth other regulations such as hours of operation, trash collection and prohibitions against flashing lights and amplified sound.

Last week a group of business owners, many of them restaurant operators, requested a meeting with city officials to voice their concerns about the proposed ordinance. Following the meeting, city staff came out with a revised recommendation to scrap the proposed ordinance and impose the moratorium.

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boyne city miBOYNE CITY, MI – Boyne City officials want to know how their residents feel about food trucks. Two meetings have been scheduled to offer information and take public comment on the issue because, as of yet, the city has no policy regarding the mobile food industry.

Michael Cain, Boyne City’s city manager, said the community currently doesn’t have any policies in place relating specifically to food trucks’ operation. But with more and more operators emerging in Northern Michigan and elsewhere, he said the city commission has directed staff to explore the topic in the next few months and find out whether any new policies should be developed.

As part of the process, Cain said officials likely will consider approaches taken by other communities to food truck operation, and provide opportunities for public input.

The meetings are planned for 6 p.m. on Tuesday Feb. 25, and 5:30 p.m. on Thursday March 6. Both meetings are to be held at the Boyne District Library community room, located at 201 East Main St. in Boyne City.

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In our quest to keep our readers up to date with the latest stories relating to the food truck industry has compiled a list of the stories that hit the wire this past weekend from Janesville, Boyne City, Buffalo and New York City.

Off the Wire Food Truck NewsDecember 13

Food truck vendor tangled in Janesville city rules – JANESVILLE, WI - It was 22 degrees at noon Friday. Snow and ice covered the ground, and mobile food vendor Chad Measner was trundling a cash box from his Cajun food truck across a parking lot and into the lobby at Crosby Place Banquet Facility.

A customer had just ordered a to-go platter of fish tacos. The customer seemed to know the routine: Give your order at the food truck, walk over to Crosby Place, pay for it, get your receipt, and then go back to the food truck to pick up your food. After all that, you can eat.

Odd? Unwieldy? Measner thinks so.

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Have tacos, will travel: Food truck sets up shop – BOYNE CITY, MI — With their new business venture, Drue Wright and Drake Nagel of Boyne City are trucking an eclectic mix of tacos to customers.

The business partners opened truck-based Happy’s Taco Shop this fall. They plan to serve customers regularly at Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls this ski season, and will also offer tacos at local events such as the Charlevoix Bridge Drop on New Year’s Eve.

Wright said the idea for the mobile taco shop emerged while he and Nagel were students at Northern Michigan University. Wright studied entrepreneurship, with Nagel focusing on graphic design. Both graduated from Northern in 2012.

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December 14

Larkin holiday party ends Buffalo Food Truck season – BUFFALO, NY – After a full season of fun and festivities at the Larkin Square the Holiday Live at Larkin event brought the outdoor concert and event season to a close on Dec 6.

Holiday Live at Larkin featured the unique song stylings of Robot Holiday, and a portion of the proceeds benefited the WNY Food Bank. Despite the colds temps and brisk winds the holiday party was attended to by hundreds of people from all over Western New York.

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December 15

This Food Truck Uses Locally Sourced Maple Syrup to Help Formerly Incarcerated Kids – NEW YORK, NY – After spending three years teaching classes to kids at the Riker’s Island adolescent unit, teacher Jordyn Lexton grew accustomed to seeing many of her paroled students simply return back to prison.

Incarcerated children as young as 16 are recognized as adults in the state of New York, which means they frequently leave prison with permanent felony records. Often prevented from getting a job or furthering their education, their chances of successfully integrating back into society are grim.

Lexton wanted to help break that cycle and do it in the most nourishing way possible—with food trucks. Along with entrepreneur Annie Bickerton, the pair founded Drive Change, a social enterprise that’s launching a series of food trucks in New York City and hiring formerly incarcerated kids to operate them.

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