Food trucks at Canalside?
That’s what the Common Council will consider as part of a larger discussion about mobile vending in the city, North Council Member Joseph Golombek says.
Legislation providing for food truck permits expires April 1, and changes to district boundaries that affect truck operation and permit fees and conditions will be dealt with comprehensively, Golombek said.
“I think we’re heading in a direction where things would stay similar to what we’ve had over the previous 18 months, except that renewal fees would be a little bit less,” he said.
Legislation that would have dealt only with access to Canalside was introduced in the Common Council but won’t be acted on separately from the comprehensive food truck permit legislation, Golombek said.
The Council may extend the current license terms for a month after April 1 if the new terms are not in place by then.
Licenses for food truck operators in the city start at $1,000, and food truck owners have said that’s too high.
In other business, the Council will vote Tuesday on whether to allow an Owego scrap metal recycling company to open a Buffalo location at 409 Hertel Ave., at the corner of Military Road.
“I still have some very strong concerns, and I’ll make up my mind by the end of the week,” said Golombek, whose district includes the property.
Ben Weitsman and Son of Buffalo is proposing to spend $7 million at the former Auto City scrap yard, but concerns about traffic and noise, and opposition from business competitors and some neighbors have made the issue somewhat controversial in City Hall.
The matter was sent out of the Legislation Committee on Tuesday without a recommendation from Golombek as to whether the Council should approve it.
Golombek still has concerns about traffic but said the Council will vote on it Tuesday.
The Planning Board approved the project in February.
In other business, the Council’s task force on cats is moving forward and should come up with a recommendation on controlling the city’s cat population, said Ellicott Council Member Darius G. Pridgen.
Owners need not worry that the recommendations will include provisions for licensing the cats, Pridgen said as he conducted the Legislation Committee meeting.
“Stop sending me the letters from your cats,” he said.