Carbondale OK's food trucks on designated public property - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Carbondale OK's food trucks on designated public property

Food trucks may now set up at the Historic Town Square. (Source: City of Carbondale) Food trucks may now set up at the Historic Town Square. (Source: City of Carbondale)
CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) -

Food trucks can now set up at several public hot spots in the city of Carbondale, Illinois.

The Carbondale City Council voted on Tuesday to allow city-issued food truck licenses. Mobile food vendors will now be allowed to set up on public property near the Historic Town Square, Lenus Turley Park, Attucks Park and the Superblock.

A similar ordinance was proposed in 2013, but did not have enough council support to pass, according to Interim City Manager Gary Williams. He said the idea will help create an environment that is attractive to the college students it serves.

The food truck idea has been discussed by Carbondale's Downtown Advisory Committee. In January, we told you how the city approved serving alcohol at sidewalk cafes.

Despite passing of the ordinance, Tuesday's meeting brought up discussion and dissent among council members.

“I’d hate to cause one of our brick and mortar businesses to go out of business because of food trucks,” councilman Lee Fronabarger said.

Fronabarger said brick and mortar businesses invest in the community through property tax, hiring college students, and contributing to local charities. He said food truck owners are less likely to do so.

“I don’t think it’s our business to protect business from competition,” councilman Adam Loos said.

Carbondale Police Chief Jeff Grubbs said he is not an advocate of food trucks operating after 2 a.m. Grubbs cited an additional cost in overtime for police officers.

The ordinance passed without a limit to time of operation or a limit to the number of licenses that can be issued.

Download the KFVS News app: iPhone | Android

Copyright 2016 KFVS. All rights reserved.

  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • breaking

    FIRST ALERT ACTION DAY on Friday due to severe weather

    FIRST ALERT ACTION DAY on Friday due to severe weather

    Thursday, July 19 2018 11:41 PM EDT2018-07-20 03:41:12 GMT
    A First Alert Action Day has been declared for Friday, July 20 due to severe weather. (Source: Stock image/Raycom Media)A First Alert Action Day has been declared for Friday, July 20 due to severe weather. (Source: Stock image/Raycom Media)

    A First Alert Action Day is being issued for Friday due to the threat of significant severe weather late in the day and into the evening.

    A First Alert Action Day is being issued for Friday due to the threat of significant severe weather late in the day and into the evening.

  • Research at SIUC aims to protect K-9s

    Research at SIUC aims to protect K-9s

    Thursday, July 19 2018 10:29 PM EDT2018-07-20 02:29:33 GMT
    K-9 dogs play a huge role in keeping us safe when disaster strikes. But who is keeping them safe? (Source: KFVS)K-9 dogs play a huge role in keeping us safe when disaster strikes. But who is keeping them safe? (Source: KFVS)
    K-9 dogs play a huge role in keeping us safe when disaster strikes. But who is keeping them safe? (Source: KFVS)K-9 dogs play a huge role in keeping us safe when disaster strikes. But who is keeping them safe? (Source: KFVS)

    K-9 dogs play a huge role in keeping us safe when disaster strikes. But who is keeping them safe?

    K-9 dogs play a huge role in keeping us safe when disaster strikes. But who is keeping them safe?

  • Governor Parson keynote speaker at Cape Girardeau Farm Banquet

    Governor Parson keynote speaker at Cape Girardeau Farm Banquet

    Thursday, July 19 2018 9:34 PM EDT2018-07-20 01:34:41 GMT
    Governor Mike Parson is the keynote speaker at the Cape Girardeau Farm Bureau Banquet on Thursday, July 19. (Source: Mike Parson Facebook)Governor Mike Parson is the keynote speaker at the Cape Girardeau Farm Bureau Banquet on Thursday, July 19. (Source: Mike Parson Facebook)

    Governor Mike Parson is the keynote speaker at the Cape Girardeau Farm Bureau Banquet on Thursday, July 19. The banquet is set for 6:30 p.m. Copyright 2018 KFVS. All rights reserved.

    Governor Mike Parson is the keynote speaker at the Cape Girardeau Farm Bureau Banquet on Thursday, July 19. The banquet is set for 6:30 p.m. Copyright 2018 KFVS. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly