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Speak Up / Food Trucks / Public Hearing
July 26, 2016 @ 7:00 PM
The Grand Rapids City Commission is holding a public hearing to receive citizen input on a DRAFT proposed ordinance that would – for the first time – free food trucks to operate independently on public property such as parks, on-street parking spaces and other city-owned right-of-ways. The proposed ordinance would also:
>>>Make the business licensing process easier and less costly by requiring a single license for the food truck business. Currently, the City requires licensure of all food truck employees.
>>>Prioritize protection of public safety. For the first time, the ordinance requires that all food truck businesses operating in the city get regular fire safety inspections.
>>>Prohibit vending within 100 feet of traditional restaurants.
>>>Clearly define all vendor responsibilities related to trash management, hours of operation, noise controls and other operating guidelines.
This hearing is an opportunity for citizens to share – for the record – their perspective on the proposal and any ideas for improving the DRAFT ordinance. Individuals will have 3-minutes to speak.
If you are unable to attend the hearing, or would like to provide additional input, write the Mayor and City Commissioners:
Mayor Rosalynn Bliss: firstname.lastname@example.org
Commissioner Dave Allen: email@example.com
Commissioner Joe Jones: firstname.lastname@example.org
Commissioner Ruth Kelly: email@example.com
Commissioner Senita Lenear: firstname.lastname@example.org
Commissioner Jon O’Connor: email@example.com
Commissioner Dave Shaffer: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for additional information on the effort to open the market for food trucks, support culinary entreprenuership and build an even stronger food culture in Grand Rapids: http://downtowngr.org/our-work/projects/free-the-food-trucks (This page includes a copy of the DRAFT proposed ordinance and a summary of the process to design it.)