Alderman Bob Donovan said today he believes Common Council legislation prohibiting food trucks from operating along West National Avenue is no longer needed, as an amicable solution has been found that satisfies his concerns.
Ald. Donovan, chair of the Public Safety and Health Committee, said he met with food truck operators on Thursday morning March 21 – along with Celia Benton of Layton Boulevard West Neighbors (LBWN) and the Silver City Business Association that operates along West National Avenue – and a vacant lot was identified that will solve the issue near South 36th Street and West National Avenue.
"A verbal agreement and handshake by all parties was made on Thursday morning March 21 at 11:45 a.m.," said Ald. Donovan. "Today at 4:30 p.m., a written agreement was signed by these same parties."
"The vacant lot will provide a good location for the food trucks and this particular issue now, in my mind, is solved," Ald. Donovan said. "By working with the food truck operators, the impacted businesses along National Avenue and Celia Benton from LBWN (who represents the Silver City Business Association), we were able to solve this problem with a resolution that works for all concerned parties."
The legislation authored by Ald. Donovan and approved by the full Council prohibits food trucks from operating on West National Avenue from South Layton Boulevard (South 27th Street) west to the city limits (South 39th Street).
"I would also like to thank my colleagues for their unanimous support, because I’m sure that it was the threat of a ban that led to all parties agreeing to this reasonable resolution," Ald. Donovan said.
Ald. Donovan publicly thanks the two food truck operators, Celia Benton from LBWN and the Silver City Business Association for their help to put the issue to rest.