FENTON, MI – The newest food options available in the city of Fenton next year may not be in a renovated fire hall or the new Cornerstone building, but could instead be in parking lots once Fenton City Council votes to accept a new “food truck” ordinance.

The ordinance would allow three licenses to be given out for “mobile vending facilities,” which is defined in the ordinance as any cart, structure, vehicle, or other physical establishment where the primary vending operation takes place of a mobile food establishment.

On Monday, city council worked out the details of the ordinance at their work session meeting.

The council discussed details such as how many licenses is enough to give out for the city, where food trucks could be located, and what sort of fees the city should charge. For the time being, the council agreed to stay with three licenses, and allow food trucks to set up shop as long as they are at least 150 feet from an existing brick and mortar restaurant.

Food carts can set up on public property or private property with written permission from the owner. However, the carts will not be able to operate on public property within one bock of a city-authorized event without permission from the event sponsor. The carts would be allowed to operate between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. within residential areas and between the hours of 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. in commercial areas. The fee is expected to be an annual cost of $300, however these details could all potentially change before the ordinance is officially voted upon.

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