HOBART, IN – The City Council will take another look at a proposed ordinance that would allow food trucks on private property in Hobart after the measure received opposition from the president and CEO of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority.
Speros Batistatos attended the Aug. 5 City Council meeting to object to the ordinance and provide city leaders with information about food trucks.
Batistatos said the food tucks would be required to carry wastewater and garbage they create in the same vehicles in which food is delivered. He believes that creates potentially unhealthy conditions.
Batistatos said food trucks were initially established to locate in areas where there is nowhere else to eat. He said he understands food trucks have become “trendy,” but he believes there isn’t a substantial need for them in Hobart because existing restaurants can sufficiently meet the demand in the city.
Batistatos said existing restaurants are paying property taxes, but food trucks wouldn’t need to do so.
“This is undermining property tax payers,” he said of the ordinance.
The council was scheduled to vote on the second reading of the measure Wednesday, but Batistatos asked the panel to delay taking action on it to at least review information he provided to the city.