FLORA, IN – The Flora Town Council faces an unexpected problem.
“To my knowledge this is the first time anything like this has come to town,” said Flora Town Council President Joshua Ayers.
A food truck run by Mitchell’s Mexican Grill of Delphi has started setting up shop in Flora. While local business owners aren’t opposed to the food truck, they said they are concerned that it doesn’t have to play by the same rules as they do.
“It’s not that they were against it at all,” said Ayers. “I think it hurt them a little bit on their best days.”
Ayers said local Pizza King owners, Tom and Peggy Stigers, voiced their opinions during a Flora Town Council meeting Monday. The business owners were not available for an on-camera interview, but Ayers said they claimed to be losing business due to the food truck. However, he said the food truck owners aren’t breaking any rules.
“At this time, the town of Flora has no ordinances of any kind for mobile food trucks,” Ayers said.
Ayers said although people seem to like the variety, he understands why the food truck is a problem for local businesses.
“Any business owner would be concerned about someone from out of town coming into town and not paying taxes,” said Ayers. “Just basically siphoning off the best part and then leaving.”
The town council is now considering an ordinance to regulate food trucks. Ayers said he and the council are researching food truck ordinances in cities of similar size.
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