Plum officers need to guarantee all meals vans working within the borough have correct insurance coverage and Allegheny County Well being Division certifications.
Adopting an ordinance requiring these cell companies to provide such paperwork was a subject of debate at Monday’s workshop assembly.
“It’s not quite a bit to ask, particularly in the event that they’re on borough property,” stated Councilman Dan Hadley, proprietor of Dad’s Pub & Grub in Monroeville. “You need to just be sure you’re coated, and also you need to guarantee that they’re working lawfully. There are lots of rogue vans on the market that don’t have any of that stuff.”
The ordinance, which is probably going to not be adopted for a minimum of a number of months if not the tip of the yr, would come with a $25 price and assist create a meals truck database so code enforcement and police might verify on a truck working on borough roads or property.
Borough Supervisor Michael Thomas stated meals vans concerned with borough occasions such because the summer time and fall festivals already present the aforementioned info.
Nonetheless, that’s thought of a one-time occasion whereas the ordinance would set up a allow for the entire yr.
The meals vans that take part in borough occasions additionally must adjust to the ordinance, as soon as it’s in place.
Council members expressed concern about ordinance language involving using streets and limiting site visitors lanes.
Thomas stated the ordinance wouldn’t apply to non-public occasions reminiscent of a commencement celebration at somebody’s residence or a meals truck rally at one of many borough hearth departments.
He stated borough officers have been debating the deserves of meals truck laws for years, and the rise in cell restaurant recognition has necessitated extra formal discussions.
“It gives some assurance for the residents that the meals vans which can be coming in to our neighborhood have the suitable well being laws in place given that they’re going to present our residents with consumables,” council President Dave Odom stated. “We need to guarantee that they’re as much as code to verify our residents are secure patronizing these meals vans.”
The borough’s planning and financial growth committee will work with the administration to create the ordinance.
Ought to these talks transfer shortly, the earliest the ordinance can be marketed is July for attainable adoption in August.
Thomas known as that timeline “aggressive,” and that the probably final result can be to have the ordinance on the books in time for January.