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JANESVILLE, WI – Bring on the ice cream vendors and taco trucks.

The Janesville City Council unanimously OK’d new rules Monday that give mobile food trucks and cart vendors a healthy degree of food-carte blanche to sell streetside in Janesville.

The council pushed through ordinance changes that allows licensed, registered food trucks and carts that sell hot, prepared food to operate along streets and in public and private parking lots in much of the city except residential areas.

In its vote, the council eschewed a recommendation last week by the plan commission that trucks selling ice cream, shaved ice or frozen, packaged confectionaries be barred from selling in residential neighborhoods.

Instead, the council approved rules recommended Monday by city staff that will allow licensed ice cream trucks and carts to sell frozen items in neighborhoods from 8 a.m. to dusk, with a 9 p.m. curfew in other areas except downtown.

The council’s decision came after two months of public sessions during which residents and vendors gave feedback that helped the city shape new rules on food trucks.

The vote opens a new chapter in a city that had shut down mobile food trucks for decades after a child was hit by an ice cream truck in the 1980s, officials said.

Manager of Building and Development Services Gale Price, who reworked the city’s laws on mobile vendors, has said he expects most vendors will operate downtown, where the ordinance will allow mobile vendors to operate from 8 a.m. to 3 a.m.

In other areas including residential, sales will end at dusk, according to the new rules.

The ordinances have no cap on the number of cart or truck vendors allowed.

Council members talked about how the new rules would fit well with the city’s renewed efforts to rethink and revive commerce downtown.

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Food Truck News

In our quest to keep our readers up to date with the latest stories relating to the food truck industry we have compiled a list of the stories that hit the wire this past weekend from Fort Collins, St Petersburg, Minneapolis and Janesville.

May 30

Fort Collins food truck scene evolves with new laws – FORT COLLINS, CO – As of May 30, Fort Collins residents might see more food trucks around town, especially at breweries.

In May, City Council passed an ordinance allowing two food trucks to sell on private property at the same time and up to eight food trucks to gather at an event.

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St. Petersburg may relax rules surrounding food trucks – ST PETERSBURG, FL – These are words that sting St. Petersburg loyalists:

“We normally go to Tampa for this,” Jerome Gonzalez told FOX 13 News while waiting to place an order at one of several food trucks parked outside All Children’s Hospital.

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May 31

Mpls. Food Truck Phenomenon Helps Other Local Businesses – MINNEAPOLIS, MN – This time of year, you can hardly walk along a downtown Minneapolis street without running into a food truck.

When the city passed an ordinance easing restrictions on these mobile restaurants the food truck phenomenon took off.

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June 1

Janesville, Milton to consider new food truck rules – JANESVILLE, WI – If the selection of food trucks in Janesville doesn’t suit your mood on a given day, you could always try the vendors in downtown Milton.

That could be one game plan if the Janesville and Milton city councils both approve proposals that would allow mobile food vendors in their communities.

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janesville food truckJANESVILLE, WI – The city of Janesville is seeking public input on the idea of street-side tacos, parking-lot gumbo, and whether they’re a good fit for the city.

The city is holding a public information and input session Tuesday to learn how residents feel about the city updating its rules on mobile food vendors—an issue that arose late last year after a Janesville man began selling Cajun food out of a modified ecreational vehicle from a private parking lot.

The city has restrictions in its ordinances and zoning rules that make it hard for mobile food vendors to operate. The city is seeking direction from the public on whether—and how—the city could update its rules.

“The point, really, is to start a dialogue on the concept of food trucks and how we’d want to handle them in the community,” Building Development and Services Manager Gale Price said.

Late last year, Janesville resident Chad Measner set up in a private parking lot on the city’s west side, and began to sell Cajun food out of an RV he had converted and gotten licensed by the state and the county.

He then learned the city has an ordinance that doesn’t specifically allow mobile vendors on public property or rights of way. Also, a set of city zoning rules prohibit vendors other than “seasonal” merchants from operating out of vehicles in business districts.

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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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