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Health Department inspections do not inspect the mechanical features of the trucks and their systems, nor do they evaluate the safety of the site.
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Food trucks have become a popular means of fostering community interaction. Prior to our ordinance, the existing code did not allow for these trucks. The purpose of our ordinance was to make them legal to operate in our community while ensuring they are safe and respectful to neighboring residents and businesses in their manner of operation.
The trucks include propane tanks, hoses, and other mechanical systems which must be properly designed and maintained. Further, the location that the trucks operate in must have sufficient space to allow for parking, pedestrian safety, and vehicle pathways just like a brick-and-mortar business would. Placement of generators and electric chords, if any, must be in a safe manner for pedestrians. Further, we require assurance that waste, including grease, has a disposal plan to ensure that drains are not improperly used, resulting in environmental issues.
As with inspections of any brick-and-mortar restaurant, the cost of the inspections and reviews must be borne by the business rather than foisted upon taxpayers as a whole.