Food truck ordinance approved

Two weeks after the Vandalia City Council, with input from local mobile food vendors, worked out a proposed ordinance for those vendors, the council put that ordinance on the books.
Aldermen took that action on Monday after making one minor change to the proposed ordinance, a change that clarifies the distance between mobile food vendors and nearby restaurants.
While the proposed ordinance stated that vendors have to be at least 10 feet from the address point, the address point wording has been replaced with property line.
Alderman Bret Brosman suggested the change, to help clarify the point from which vendors must be from nearby restaurants.
The ordinance also sets the distance between mobile food vendors and nearby intersections at 16 feet.
In addition to those stipulations, the ordinance states that the annual fee for a mobile food vendor license is $300, and that the fee for a temporary license is $100.
The ordinance was drafted after a June 22 work session, during which aldermen allowed input from a regular vendor, Amy and Tim O’Dell of O’Dell’s Family Favorites.
Later in Monday’s meeting, Amy O’Dell told city officials that their food truck experienced a successful evening at the Vandalia Lake marina during the Lions Club’s fireworks display, and that they would be donating $700 to the Lions Club later this week for the fireworks.
Also during Monday’s meeting:
• The council approved the only bid the city received for a lease vehicle, from Arthur Young Inc.
Through the three-year lease agreement, the city is paying $412.24 a month for a 2020 Chevrolet Equinox LT.
The lease vehicle is used by city officials for trips and by city department heads and employees for trips to training sessions.
Through its previous lease agreement, with Hosick Motors for  Jeep, the city paid $10,720 under a three-year lease.
City Administrator LaTisha Paslay told aldermen that had the city paid employees mileage for the use of the personal vehicles, the cost, based on the current Internal Revenue Service rate, would have been $15,352.50, which means there was a savings of $4,631.70.
She estimates that the savings with the new lease will be more than $500.
• The council reduced by one the number of liquor licenses available in two classes.
The council dropped the number of Class E licenses from 10 to nine, in response to the closure of Howie’s on Main.
The number of Class C-2 licenses from four to three, with Paslay saying that action was due to the fact Old Capitol Post 3862 no longer holding a charter.
• The council approved Mayor Rick Gottman’s reappointment of Larry Hoffek to the city’s Police Pension Board.

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