It seems odd that Kearney Nebraska is now looking for ways to nickle and dime food truck owners for parking permits. If you have a permit to operate in the city, it should cover all city properties that are open to food trucks. Next step, they’ll double this fee by having one for lunch hours and another for the evening hours.

KEARNEY, NE — Expect to see food trucks in the parking lot north of the Museum of Nebraska Art soon.

The Kearney City Council voted 5-0 to approve the creation of a new permit at its Tuesday meeting. The permits will allow food trucks to park on the northern edge of the parking lot from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily.

Five of the permits will be made available annually and will be issued first come, first served. Vendors can purchase the permit for $100. It will be in addition to the required itinerant merchant permit that allows food trucks to operate in city limits.

The new permit will provide an extra opportunity for food truck operators, City Attorney Michael Tye said.

“They’re not required to get this permit,” Tye said. “If they want to continue to be on a private lot, they can continue to do that. This is just another opportunity for them.”

Michael Park, owner of The Food Truck, brought the issue of expanding food truck parking options to the council in March. After the meeting, he said he was pleased with the passage of the permit and thought the process of working with the city was very positive.

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