"What they have proposed right now.. we definitely can't stomach," says Peter Cimino of LLoyds Taco Truck.
Cimino on Monday presented the board with 3,000 signatures , adviocating rules that are favorable to the trucks, allowing them to operate with nominal fee and restricitions
Members of the town board on Monday night tabled the idea of putting $500 permit fees in place, and limiting a food trucks stay on any city street to one hour. The proposal would have also placed a privte property curfew of 11 pm on the trucks, limiting their catering abilities.
"This is a new issue for Amherst," says town board member Mark Manna. "We've taken the lead from other communities and we're gonna come up with something that will help food trucks thrive in Amherst."
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Manna says there have been few complaints about the food trucks. "They have been outstanding corporate neighbors, operating on private property with the owner's permission. They don't make a mess or leave anything behind," says Manna. "By and large the people who frequent them are very happy."
As for opponents, such as brick and mortar restaurants, "In some aspects, they want to ban (food trucks) but you can't ban progress, you can't stop a new idea from doing business in any town," explains Manna.
Manna believes a happy medium will be needed to keep all sides happy. "Our job is to do what we think is best for Amherst, where each side there are positive things about the law, and allows both sides to be able to do business," notes Manna.