The Amherst Town Board discussed food trucks, beavers, chickens and other assorted topics of interest Tuesday.
A food truck vendor in Amherst recently asked the Building Department about applying for a permit to do business in the town.
But the town doesn't offer a permit for food trucks. The closest thing it has are laws regarding "transient businesses."
Tuesday, the board unanimously supported a resolution by Council Member Steven Sanders to have a food truck permit created through collaboration by the Building and Police departments and the Town Attorney's Office. A law would establish a permiting process for food trucks to ensure safe food truck operation.
Council Member Richard "Jay" Anderson said he supported the law but didn't want to create unnecessary burdens on businesses, especially when there is growing demand for food trucks."I've asked the Town Attorney's Office and the building commissioner and the chief of police to make this a very simple process for people to apply," he said.
Council Member Guy Marlette, who co-sponsored the resolution, said the town needs stronger regulation of food trucks to ensure that health and fire safety requirements are met and that they don't have a detrimental effect on brick-and-mortar businesses or traffic flow.
In other business, the board:
. Received new correspondence from Animal Advocates of Western New York regarding the town's past practice of killing beavers that create a nuisance. The group has volunteered to use wire mesh to wrap memorial trees along the Amherst bike path that are in danger of being damaged by beavers.
The group wanted to know if volunteers need permission from anyone to do this. The board referred the correspondence to the Highway Department, Planning Department and Town Attorney's Office.
. Decided not to move forward with a public hearing regarding a special-use permit that would allow most single-family homeowners to raise chickens in their yards.
Instead, the board directed Building Commissioner Thomas Ketchum to redraft the town permit law regarding hen-raising as a "temporary use permit."
. Approved the borrowing of $660,000 for basin replacement at the town's Wastewater Treatment Plant.