BOZEMAN, MT – Discussing potential regulations for mobile vendors like food trucks Monday night, Bozeman commissioners asked the city’s business community to take another swing at tackling the issue.

The decision, made without a formal vote, came after business leaders asked for more time to bring food truck owners and brick-and-mortar restaurant owners together to find common ground on issues like whether the trucks should be allowed to operate on Main Street.

“Let us see what kind of decisions we can come up with on our own,” said Daryl Schliem, the CEO of the Bozeman Chamber of Commerce. “We could come up with a solution and come back.

“If we can’t do that — shame on our business community,” he said.

Commissioners said they’d like business leaders to return with a proposal by this fall, giving the city enough time to adopt a formal ordinance before next summer’s vending season.

At Monday’s meeting, several food truck owners said they support reasonable health and safety regulations on their businesses, but also bristled at some of the ideas that have been floated, like restricting food trucks to comparably quiet streets in business districts.

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