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Bloomington Council Delays Food Truck Vote

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The Bloomington city council is delaying a vote on new regulations for food trucks until at least next week.

At a city council meeting last night, the council members passed six amendments to the ordinance that would change how food trucks and carts can operate.

Some of the amendments loosened restrictions such as how many permits could be issued and where vendors could operate.

One amendment limited when a street food vendor can operate, banning them between 4:30 a.m. and 6:30 a.m.

Hot dog cart owner Andrew Weissert has been selling street food in Bloomington for more than a year. He says the hour restrictions would hurt how his business operates.

“Timing restriction is a big thing for me because a lot of my clients keep me here til 4 serving or later,” Weissert said.

Another amendment that was passed would require food vendors to operate a minimum 50 feet away from the façade or outdoor eating area of a brick-and-mortar restaurant. Council members said the reason was to protect the unique community character of Bloomington.

Still another amendment was withdrawn that regulated how loud a generator used by a food vendor could be, not allowing it over 70 decibels.

That amendment was taken off the table after members of the public complained it was an arbitrary number and would be heavily restrictive.

A major issue all of the council members and commenters expressed was how to enforce the new rules. Some suggested police would help. Others thought parking enforcement officers could also report violations.

The official vote for the ordinance will be December 10.

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