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Oswego Adds New Food Truck Rules

Oct 04, 2016 09:03PM ● Published by Steven Jack

The Grumpy Gaucho makes regular appearances at the Oswego Country Market. (Oswegoland Park District photo)

The village of Oswego will now regularly allow food trucks on public and private property in town under a new ordinance adopted by the Village Board Tuesday night.
Village Clerk Tina Touchette crafted the new ordinance that will regulate food trucks that want to park and sell food in the village during times other than at special events. Trustees approved the measure in the 5-1 vote with Trustee Joe West voting no. 

Food trucks had previously only been allowed in the village during special events like the Oswego Beats and Eats festival.

Food truck vendors that want to regularly park on public property, such as village streets, now will incur an annual licensing fee from the village of $200. Those that seek to park on private property will be charged a $25 licensing fee that is more in line with a typical village of Oswego business license, Touchette said. 

Food truck vendors also will be required to obtain Kendall County Health Department permits and must provide the village with a host of information, including: photos and identification of all employees, vehicle service inspection records and state tax ID information. 

Food trucks will not be permitted along Main Street from Jefferson to Tyler, nor will they be allowed on Washington from Parkers Mill Road to Route 71.

They may also not operate within 200 feet of a school from the hours of 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. without written permission from the School District. Food trucks that may want to park on Oswegoland Park District property will need written permission from the park district. 

West expressed concern that food trucks could cut into the business of more traditional brick and mortar establishments that already exist in Oswego. He wondered if a truck could locate outside an existing business and in direct competition. 

To combat the threat to local businesses, food trucks that locate on public property will be limited to 90 minutes, Touchette said. Those located on private property will not have a similar time restriction. 

Touchette said if this ordinance had been in place this year, the village likely would have given out three licenses to food truck operations seeking to operate in Oswego. 

Food trucks have grown in popularity as diners seek more convenient and unique options. A Food Truck Rally that will host several food trucks is planned for later this month just outside of Oswego at Wolf's Crossing Road and Route 30. Find out more about the upcoming Food Truck Rally here. 

For additional information on the village's new food truck ordinance, click here. 
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