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Auburn discusses food trucks, legal counsel | Thestar

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AUBURN — The Auburn Common Council discussed revisions to the Itinerant Vendor Code in detail on Tuesday.

The Council then also voted to maintain its own legal representative from 2023.

Although the Traveling Vendors Ordinance was ultimately passed 6-0 on its first reading, several council members disagreed on various aspects, such as the difference between food trucks and mobile vendors, inspections, and other guidelines. I gave my opinion.

“Of course food trucks can sell food and mobile vendors can sell goods and goods.

“Do they sell food? What do they do?”

“If you have a food truck license, you are a food truck. If not, you are an itinerant vendor,” Mayor Mike Ray replied.

“There’s this bus in a town I know nothing about. I’ve never been there, but I’ve seen it, but it’s full of food,” continued Ketzenberger.

“That bothers me. I looked up the Indiana Code and realized she should have had a label, but that label should have the date of manufacture on it. None of the labels had a date.

“I’m a little worried about that.”

“For food truck permits, specifically, you have to go through your county health department to get a permit,” said Natalie DeWitt, a member of the council. I’m not cooking on the bus, so I’m not eligible.”

Auburn Zoning Manager Kellie Knauer said: “Food trucks must have a tie-up or stand with a brick and mortar facility that is inspected by the health department or similar where the product is stored.

“They also have to prove that they prepare the food on site and are certified by the health department.

Knauer tells Ketzenberger: “It is not applicable for them to park as food trucks in any of the proposed locations. will be.”

“She must have that certification to handle (food) and her kitchen must be open for inspection,” Ketzenberger said. No. I’m just saying… there should be a date as to when it was made.

“We can see how the health board views the situation where there are cooked, pre-cooked and prepackaged foods,” Ley said.

“I think your question is correct. We are all wondering how it applies. We can check with the health board and get guidance on that.”

“What you are describing is not, by definition, a food truck,” said City Attorney Eric Weber. “The intent of this fix was to try to streamline the food truck process.

“They’re becoming extensions… restaurants have them. They’re different than where they used to show up and park in front of Courtyard Park.”

“The idea was that this needs to be fixed. This is exactly what it is. We can streamline the process so that the food trucks can come and apply for the year and know where they can go.” to make sure.”

Webber said other provisions had been in the ordinance for several years, but the council could review the ordinance and make changes.

“I think we can definitely improve,” says Weber. “There’s probably more to see. This individual who has something that’s not a food truck has to come to the board and the board has to decide where they can go and when they can go.” You have to decide if you can or something like that.”

“I have no problem with this,” said Ketzenberger. “I just don’t want anyone to get sick.”

Council Chairman Matthew Cruz has submitted a motion to hire Zack Leitner of Leitner Law Firm as the council’s legal counsel for 2023.

Retainers are $5,000 per year and additional services are valued at $200 per hour.

“Do you have room in the budget?” City Councilman Mike Walter asked. Clerk Patricia Miller replied that funds were available.

Council member Jim Finchum voted in favor of the motion. Although he agreed that the council should probably have its own lawyer, Walter said: I don’t know who we’re getting or what we really want.

“I don’t want to do it at this time. This motion passed 5 to 1, with Walter voting against. Council member Kevin Webb was not present.

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